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On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, William Emerson White Howe "Bill" died peacefully at home in Washington from sequelae of prostate cancer, in his 94th year. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 5, 1920, the son of Edmund Grant Howe II and of Eleanor Louise White.
He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and of Yale, class of 1941. After graduation from Yale, Bill studied electronic engineering in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, before moving to Washington in 1942 where he started to work at the Naval Research lab in electronic warfare. He obtained a MS in Electronics from Georgetown University and was a 1963 graduate of the National War College. In the 1960s, Bill Howe began working for the Army Department, retiring in 1974 as scientific advisor to the assistant chief of Staff for Intelligence. After formal retirement, he continued to work for over 20 years as a consultant for the Department of Defense.
He was predeceased by his wife of over 60 years, Mary Louise (Hixon) Howe, his brother, Daniel Robinson Howe and his grandson, Jonathan William Howe. He is survived by three children and their spouses, William Clay Howe (Simone) of Durham, Connecticut, Eleanor Cameron Howe (Bernard G. Adams, Jr.) of Germantown, Maryland and Robert Collins Howe (Lia) of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Natalie, Caroline, Brody (William Broderick) and Raffy (Daniel Rafferty); two nephews, Randy (Edmund Grant) Howe (Natalia) and Ed Hixon (Twila); two nieces, Penelope Lee (Howe) Long and Ruby Rausch.
His work included development of radar and sonar technologies and collaboration on the "Poppy" intelligence satellite program beginning in 1962.
Bill and Mary Louise were avid travelers, and their home in Northwest Washington was always open to friends, relatives and guests from around the world. Interment at the conveniece of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, 1108 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2013