Alice O. Howell, 91, writer, Jungian scholar, poet, astrologer

Alice O.Howell
Alice O.Howell

Monterey — Alice O. Howell, just shy of age 92, died Tuesday, October 28, 2014. A resident of Monterey for the past 33 years, she was born in Cambridge, Mass., on November 13, 1922 to Reginald Orcutt and Penelope King Orcutt. She spent her childhood living in hotels and boarding schools throughout Europe, visiting 37 countries and meeting interesting people that inspired her writing. This includes The Beejum Book, a novel based on her childhood experiences. She taught English, French, and history in private schools on Long Island for 18 years. SA writer, poet, astrologer, and Jungian Scholar, she lectured around the world, published nine books, and taught courses at the Jung Institutes of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. She is recognized as a pioneer in linking psychology and astrology.

She was married to Douglass M. Howell, artist and papermaker, for 26 years, and had four children. Their marriage ended in divorce. In 1980, she married her soul mate, Walter A. Andersen, and they settled in Monterey and had more than 18 years of happiness. Alice suffered from a stroke, but was still able to teach, practice, and inspire many people until recently. She was beloved by and touched many people throughout her life.

Widowed in 1998, she is survived by her four children, Dr. Timothy Howell and his wife Dr. Meg Little, of Madison, Wis., Abby Howell Smith and her husband Michael Smith of Edgecombe, Me., Elisabeth Howell King and her husband Al King, of Monterey, and Jennifer Howell and her husband Rick Van Ness of Mukilteo, Wash., and stepson Einar Andersen and his wife Judie Andersen, of Agoura Hills, Calif., and her sister-in-law, Arlene Orcutt, of Warwick, RI. She also has 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, Fridrik Orcutt.

The date for a memorial service will be announced in the future.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Alice may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family go to

Her family thanks her loving caretakers, Sandy Keefner, Nettie Ellis, Mindy Gulotta, Martha Sloane, and Diana Zeigler, with special thanks to Stacy Garfield for her many years of faithful service. The family is also grateful for the support of the staff at HospiceCare in the Berkshires.