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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Howard Paster, President of the Little League Foundation

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Howard Paster, President of the Little League Foundation

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Howard Paster, President of the Little League Foundation

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Howard Paster

Little League International today mourns the passing of one of its greatest friends, Howard Paster.

Mr. Paster had been President of the Little League Foundation since May of 2002, and was known as one of the world's most knowledgable and trusted people in the field of public relations. He had provided counsel at the highest levels of the U.S Government during the administration of President Bill Clinton, and the current administration of President Barack Obama.

"Howard's passing is a significant loss to the Little League program, and to our country," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "Howard left a legacy that cannot be overstated. He was a wonderful friend of the Little League program, who will be sorely missed. Everyone in the entire Little League program extends our deepest sympathy to his wife, Gail, and the entire Paster family."

Mr. Paster of Washington, D.C., was a 1967 graduate of the Columbia University Journalism School, and was recently honored there with the prestigious Dean’s Medal for Public Service during a ceremony at Columbia’s Low Library.

He was Executive Vice President for Public Relations and Public Affairs, at WPP Group, where he oversaw WPP’s portfolio of public relations and public affairs businesses. He previously was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill & Knowlton, Incorporated

Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton, he served as assistant to President Clinton and Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He was a member of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University, and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In a joint statement today, President Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our good friend and colleague Howard Paster. We will remember Howard for his passion and candor, and his dedication to public service. As my Assistant for Congressional Relations, Howard made a tremendous difference in ensuring that my administration was able to carry out some of our most crucial initiatives.

"As Chief Operating Officer for Hillary in 2008, Howard worked tirelessly and gave generously of his talents. We were thrilled to see him elected President of the Little League Foundation in 2002. We are thankful for Howard's friendship and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gail and their family."

Beginning in 1999, Mr. Paster served as Chairman for “A World of Opportunity – Little League Baseball Capital Campaign for the Future,” which raised more than $20 million to foster the growth of baseball and softball leagues in urban areas, to increase educational programs for players and volunteers, to build new facilities, and to enhance existing facilities.

In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paster's 50th wedding anniversary in 2005, their children, Tim and Emily, asked Little League to create an endowment to recognize the value of the Little League Urban Initiative, which brings the sports of baseball and softball to urban areas and works to help sustain the programs there. Each year since then, Little League has given the Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Award to the person who best exemplifies Mr. and Mrs. Paster's giving spirit, and the spirit of the Urban Initiative.

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Howard Paster, third from right, a 1967 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, was honored by the school with the presentation of the 2011 Dean’s Medal for Public Service earlier this year. Mr. Paster, who was Chairman of the Little League Foundation and long-time supporter of the Little League program, was joined by Little League President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Keener, far left; Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, second from left; Mr. Paster's wife, Gail Paster; and Tim Paster, his son, far right.