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Patricia “Patty” Howett, the first director of development for Legal Community Against Violence, died Sunday after a long illness. She was 57. Howett was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., but grew up in New Jersey before attending high school in Okinawa, Japan. She and her husband John lived in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu before moving to San Francisco in 1992. The couple had always been interested in the anti-gun movement. Howett helped found LCAV, a nonprofit dedicated to curbing gun violence, after the brother of a friend was killed in the 1993 shooting rampage at the Pettit & Martin law offices at 101 California St., said LCAV Executive Director Sue Ann Schiff. Howett started as a volunteer and was instrumental in helping the group become one of the most popular nonprofits for lawyers in San Francisco, Schiff said. LCAV has just kicked off its first nationwide membership campaign. “She was remarkable because she did so much, always without complaining,” Schiff said. “And she did it with so much grace and enthusiasm — and it was catching.” There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay St.

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