Retaining the strength and integrity he upheld throughout his life, Howard passed away on October 5, 2013, in Santa Rosa, at the age of 80, after a brave fight with cancer and kidney failure. Howard had a deep connection to foreign languages and literature, especially French, possessing an acute intelligence for cultural and global awareness. This aptitude served him well in his successful 30-year career as a professor of foreign languages at Sonoma State University, from 1966-1996, where he taught and shared his lifelong passion and was honored to hold the Chairmanship of the Foreign Language Department from 1991-1996. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sue Limoli, his three cherished daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca McGinnis (Michael), Jennifer Oliviera (Russell) and Rachel Van (Mike), and his four beloved grandchildren. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a memorial service on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Chapel, 1900 Franklin Ave in Santa Rosa. Donations may be made in Howard's memory to the American Kidney Fund or to Catholic Charities' services for the homeless in Santa Rosa. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, 2013