Howard Perkins, longtime director of student publications at Lamar University Beaumont, died Oct. 20. He was 72.

“The University Press has a great reputation in the college newspaper field and that has everything to do with Howard,”Andy Coughlan, assistant director of student publications, said.
Like many of his own students, Perkins earned his degree at Lamar. He then moved onto an English master’s from Louisiana State University.

Linda Barrett, who returned to the University Press in 1992 to become the advertising director, said there will be a reunion for former UP students to attend at the end of the semester. She said for individuals who wish for more information to contact her at

“As a student in the late ’70s, he was a great influence on my choice of career,” she said in a UP story, “When I came back in a professional capacity, not only did I have the privilege of working with him for 18 years, but I never stopped learning from him.”

There will also be a page produced on the UP website for student’s of Perkins to write their memories into the ethernet. The website is

The University Press has averaged more than 26 awards a year in different competitions, according to their publication, all with Perkins as the director. He was named the 1979 adviser-of-the-year by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and in 2001 the Southwestern Journalism Convention named a scholarship in his honor.

To honor his retirement, the staff of the UP decided to the name their office the “Howard Perkins Newsroom.”

“He was quite tickled when he found out about that,” Coughlan said in a UP article about his passing, “It was just a small gesture, but it says everything about the man. He was the University Press – just ask any student who ever worked here.”

Arrangements are pending.