FRED S. HOWARD
Was born on December 9, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, and died on December 18, 2013, at the age of 103, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Fred had two sisters, Grace Harms of Chicago and Ruth Sprung of North Carolina, both deceased. He married Janet, his wife of 70 years, in 1941. During World War II
, he served as an Air Force bombardier flying missions over North Africa and Italy.
Fred wrote three books: "Whistle while you Wait" (1945), an exchange of letters between Janet and himself during the war; "Charlie Flowers and the Melody Gardens" (1972), a novel; and "Wilbur and Orville" (1987), an authoritative biography of the Wright brothers. As a member of the team that edited the Wright Papers at the Library of Congress, he became an expert in early aviation technology and the lives of the Wright brothers. For many years, he was an editor for scientific and other publishers in Washington, DC.
His son John A. Howard was a teacher in Montgomery County MD schools, and died in 1991. Fred's daughter Jill Barker lives in Ann Arbor. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Gretchen Howard of Garrett Park MD, grandchildren, Jonathan and Jeremiah Howard, Danny, Ian, and Jennie Barker. He also leaves four great-grandchildren.
Fred and Janet were residents of Garrett Park, MD, for 59 years, until 2007 when they moved to Ann Arbor. Janet died in 2012 at the age of 98. They left behind many old friends and neighbors whose generosity made it possible for them to stay in their home in Garrett Park well into their 90's.
Fred was a charming, interesting, and generous man who still had his wits (and wit) about him to the very end. He is greatly missed. There will be a memorial gathering for Fred and Janet on January 11, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park, MD 20896.