Howard died Feb. 24, 2009, of heart complications.
Born in Philadelphia, he prepped at Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania and majored in English at Princeton, where he belonged to Colonial Club. He rowed on the varsity crew and roomed with Bill Michael, Mark Parke, and Bob Barron in Patton Hall.
After Princeton, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and a doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He served in Korea with the Marine Corps and rose to commanding officer of the First Battalion, 25th Marines, ultimately retiring at the rank of full colonel after 30 years of service.
He was an extraordinary industrialist and entrepreneur, developing, buying, and selling numerous businesses during his career. He remained active in business as a consultant until the time of his death. In his earlier years he taught marketing at Babson College.
Howard is survived by his son, Howard (“Skip”) ’78; his brother, William ’57; and a grandson. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.