died July 24, 2016 in Bradenton, Florida. He was born in Chicago April 14, 1922 to Martin and Marie (Hayes). He was predeceased by brothers Monsignor Martin Howard and Monsignor Joseph Howard, cousin James "Rabbi" O'Brien, and daughter Karen. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Senator Marlene Woodson-Howard, and former wife, Loretta "Mickey" Owens. He also leaves sons Steven (Judy), Kevin (Cindy), Brian (Diane), Martin (Miryam), Michael (Elizabeth) and daughters Kathleen Fairbairn (Michael Hullihan) and Christine (Philip Smiley). He leaves five stepsons: George Woodson (Lisa), Bert Woodson (Michelle), Robert Woodson (Gwen). Daniel Woodson (Patricia), and David Woodson (Pamela). There are 35 Woodson/Howard grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Always a private person, few friends knew that he decided to devote his life to the priesthood. While in seminary, he contracted tuberculosis and spent two years in Arizona for the cure. When he returned to Chicago, he changed his career path by entering medical school at Loyola University in Chicago with an earned degree in philosophy (heavy emphasis on Greek and Latin)-a factor that contributed to his medical successes and insightful, analytical bedside manner. Because he was unable to join the armed services for health reasons, through his lifetime he created a vast library of war-related books, all of which he read. He would have made a great soldier. He was trained at Cook County Hospital in Chicago Medical Center and Pittsburgh Medical Center. With his family in tow, he spent a year under the International College of Surgeons Fellowship with the world renowned Professor Erik Moberg in Gothenburg, Sweden. His 50 years of practice began in Chicago. Upon moving to Florida in 1976, he became the first hand surgeon on the West coast of Florida. He was an orthopaedic and hand surgeon who was on the faculty of five medical schools, with the position of Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at South Florida Medical School in Tampa, Florida. He was chief resident at Children's Hospital-University of Pittsburgh. He was an orthopedic consultant to the Crippled Children's Hospital, Sate of Illinois. He was visiting professor in South Africa and Platenberg Bay. His surgical interests were rheumatoid arthritis, wrist injuries, and hand trauma. He published more than 85 scientific articles, drawing on an extensive background of philosophy and history, as well as scientific education. He presented scientific papers in the United States to include Chicago, New York, Miami, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado, Hyannis Massachusetts, and Monterey, California. He served in several leadership positions for the American Society of Surgery of the Hand. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery, various orthopedic journals and trauma literature. He published many letters-to-the editor in various newspapers concerning medical crises, medical malpractice, and medical-legal matters. His scientific presentations included Gotheburg, Sweden; Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland; and Budapest, Hungary. He lectured in Ireland, Mexico City, and Guatemala. His areas of publication and scientific presentations include societal medical issues and sports injuries. He served as surgical consultant to Virginia Slims Women's tennis tournament in Chicago, the Satellite Men's tournament on Longboat Key, Florida. He presented scientific papers in the United States to include Chicago, New York, Miami, and Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He presented papers in London, England at the SCOT Conference as well as presentations in London, Ontario and the Western Orthopaedic Medical Conference. He spoke at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and at Rochester, New York at Strong Memorial Medical Center. He spoke to the Vail ski patrol in Vail, Colorado and to the cowboys of Sheridan, Wyoming. Among the organizations he belonged to: AMP-Chicago Medical Society, Manatee County Medical Society, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, Diplomat-American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Diplomat-National Board of Medical Examiners Bone and Joint Society, American Society of Surgery of the Hand, Societe Internationale de Cairurgie, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Bradenton, Florida He was a member of the Longboat Key Men's Tennis Association and the Longboat Key Men's Golf Association. He was an avid athlete and achieved two holes-in-one on the Longboat golf course, the first at age 83 and the second at age 86. There will be a Funeral Mass at Ss. Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church (2850 75th St W ) in Bradenton on July 29, 2016 at 12:00 noon, followed at 1:00 pm-3 pm by a Celebration of Life held at the Palma Sola Botanical Park at 9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, 34209. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St W, Bradenton, FL 34209 is in charge of arrangements. Family requests that in lieu of flowers anyone who wishes may donate in his memory to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on July 27, 2016