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Beloved Professor Promoted to Glory

"My heart's desire is to see my students mature spiritually, intellectually, and socially. I want them to become beacons for Christ in this present spiritually-darkened world. Teaching at Clearwater Christian College has fulfilled my dream of being a member of a community of Christian scholars and students whose common purpose is to serve our God. My passion for teaching stems from the joy of observing students increase in faith and knowledge as they prepare for their chosen life's work."
Dr. Howard Mattice 1935-2010

Dr. Howard Mattice, professor of education and history, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 17, 2010. He slipped sweetly into the presence of his Savior while at home in Clearwater, Florida. The viewing and funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 21, at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 1320 Main Street, Dunedin. The viewing is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and the funeral is at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Mattice initially joined the faculty of the College in 1990 after 29 years in various posts in the public school system of New York City. While at Clearwater, he taught in the education and history departments and served as the chairman of the department of education for several years. Prior to his ministry at CCC, Dr. Mattice enjoyed several jobs that required him to write social studies, history, and world studies curriculum and testing materials. In addition to his official duties as a professor at CCC, Dr. Mattice wrote several articles for the student newspaper, The Angle.

After a brief retirement in 1999, Dr. Mattice returned to CCC in 2002 as a part-time professor of education and history. He also participated on various faculty and staff committees. A faithful member of Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, FL, he was a co-teacher of a fifth grade boys Sunday school class. Dr. Mattice was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, and leaves behind grandchildren, two sons, Stephen and Kevin, and a brother, William.

Dr. Mary Draper, vice president for academic affairs, said, “Dr. Mattice loved students and he loved Clearwater Christian College. Teaching and working with the students were his life’s blood. Dr. Mattice was a wise and caring faculty member, and he is greatly missed. Though part time, he chaired a committee, advised social studies education majors, and helped in any way he could.”

Dr. Gary Smith, chairman of graduate studies, said, “Dr. Howard Mattice was a tremendously gifted Christian educator who greatly contributed to the quality of the education programs at Clearwater Christian College. He was my mentor and loyal friend, and I will truly miss him.”

Dr. Mattice will be missed, but we rest in the knowledge that he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.