Born and raised in New Haven, he came to Princeton from Hopkins Grammar School. At Princeton he studied psychology, dined at Charter Club, and played IAA hockey and basketball. He was a member of the Pre-Law Society, Whig-Clio, the Hillel Foundation, and the Campus Fund Drive.
Howie attended Columbia Law School and began his career as a trial attorney with the Food and Drug Administration, after which he was vice president of E.R. Squibb & Sons in Lawrenceville for many years and later of Searle Pharmaceuticals in Chicago.
After a few years in retirement in Florida, Howie relocated to New Jersey in 2002 to be near his sons and their families, with whom he enjoyed barbecues and frequent visits with his grandchildren, and to engage in his ardent support of Tiger athletics.
Howie’s second wife, Peggy, predeceased him. He is survived by his sons, Eric ’90 and Evan, and their families, which include four grandchildren; and his former wife, Barbara.