Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
06:46 pm
15 June 2019

Person of Interest: Elaine Howard

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Elaine Howard. // Photo: Nicole Hamel

Lawyer and paleontologist

Vital Stats

  • Born on military base at Cherry Point, North Carolina, where her father was a Marine.
  • Lives in Leesburg.
  • An attorney by day, her passion is paleontology.
  • Digs with the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

What do I enjoy most about paleontology? I enjoy meeting interesting people with whom I share a common passion for prehistoric life. At the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, I have met people of all ages—from college students pursuing a career in the field to individuals who discovered their passion for dinosaur bones only after they retired.  

What do I want people to take away from my book, “Passion in the Bones”? To understand the power and importance of having a passion and that it is never too late to pursue what you love—regardless of whether you turn it into a career.

My current project: I continue to pursue my love of paleontology, but I’m also on a mission to help others find and sustain their own life-changing passion.

My motto: Keep moving forward in a positive direction.

One word that describes me: Adventurous.

My hero: My father, who not only served our country in the Marine Corps but also achieved his goal of becoming a pilot even after many people told him he should give up on his dream.

Best advice I ever received: Always put forth your best effort and do not worry about things you cannot control.

On my bucket list: Fossil hunting on the Whitby coast in the United Kingdom with award-winning paleontologist Dean Lomax, who wrote the foreword to my book.

Favorite quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar.


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