Phyllis Young Howren, 69, of Chapel Hill, NC, died January 26, 2007, in her home of metastatic breast cancer. She was born in Clendenin, WV, on January 13, 1938, to Madeline Cromwell and Henry Young. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert Howren.
With a PhD in linguistics from the University of Iowa, she joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1978, teaching students in the Reading Program and offering courses in English as a second language for international graduate students. Remembered by hundreds of foreign students for her dedication and kindness, she personally helped many through the difficulties of adjusting to American life. She also invited ESL classes to her home to celebrate American-style Thanksgivings. As a volunteer, she taught English to members of Chapel Hill's Latino community.
During her studies and travels, she lived among the Dogrib Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories and the Yucatec Maya of Mexico. She retired from UNC in July 2006.
She is survived by her sons, Wim and Eric Coleman; four grandchildren, and many close friends.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Susan G. Kommen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.
Walker's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.