I can imagine no greater honor than having one of the most-beautiful, much-loved, and best-used places in Livingston County named after you. With a big sign. And a formal ceremony. And the gratitude of a thankful community.
That’s how Howell is honoring three of its most philanthropic, community-minded, and forward-thinking people: William “Bill Scofield, Joy Scofield, and their son, Rick Scofield. In a ceremony set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019, the Howell City Park will be renamed Scofield Park to honor these three.
In addition to honoring the Scofields, the renaming also recognizes how a lifetime of community dedication and activism shapes a community.
I’ve been around Livingston County and Howell long enough to know and appreciate the contributions of the Scofields, but for those who are newer residents, the text of the dedication program details them well:
Howell and Livingston County are much better places because of Bill and Joy Scofield, and their son, Rick.
Bill, a 17-year member of the Howell Recreation Commission, helped found the Howell Area Junior Baseball Association, and led in the construction of Bennett Field.
One of Joy’s passions was the Howell City Library, which became the Howell Carnegie District Library. She served 22 years on the library board as a member and officer.
Joy and Bill were each named Life Members of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, of which Bill served as board president. They were also leaders at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Howell.
Bill served on the board of the Livingston County Community Foundation, and he chaired the Howell Community Chest, which became the Livingston County United Way. He was named Howell Citizen of the year in 1969; Rick received the same honor in 1986.
Rick joined his father in the family business of May & Scofield, an international auto supplier and major Howell employer for more than 70 years. Known for significant contributions to Howell arts, recreation and sports, the company also funded the May & Scofield Pavilion in this park.
Rick continued his parents’ philanthropy, serving as Chair of the Board of First National Bank in Howell, on the boards of the Howell Carnegie District Library, the Howell Recreation Commission, Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, Livingston Economic Development Council, Howell Education Foundation, Howell Opera House, Community Foundation for Livingston County, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. As a certified SCORE counselor, Rick provided mentorship to over 600 budding entrepreneurs, resulting in 200 new businesses.
The Howell community deeply appreciates the generous contributions of time, leadership, and resources by Bill, Joy, and Rick Scofield.
I count myself fortunate to know Rick Scofield, and lucky to live in the wonderful community he and his parents helped build.
You can read our post remembering the life of Bill Scofield by clicking here.