Doc May, Howell’s first Citizen of the Year, dies at 91
PHOTO COURTESY OF LIVINGSTONDAILY.COM/Dr. Louis “Pat” May, known around Howell as Doc May.
The first-ever Howell Citizen of the Year, Louis “Doc” May, died at his home Wednesday at the age of 91.
Doc May, who received Howell’s highest honor in 1957, was one of the founders of the Howell Melon Festival. A bike ride during that festival bears the name of “Doc May’s Commemorative Melon Ride” to honor his long history with the event.
“Doc May was a true original,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “He was a great friend to Howell and to the chamber.”
As well as practicing medicine for many years, Doc May also owned May’s Greenhouse on County Farm Road, just south of the city of Howell.
“It was great seeing him at the (Howell’s Sunday) Farmers’ Market the past couple years,” Convery said. “He loved to stay connected to the community.”
In April 2007, the city of Howell honored Doc May by naming a park in his honor. The Doctor Louis “Pat” May Park is located at Park and Clinton streets, just east of downtown Howell and north of Grand River Avenue.
Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.