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KATZ, HOWARD S., 72, of Milford, NH, died Thursday, December 23, 2010 in St. Joseph Medical Center, Milford. Born in Providence, a son of the late Joseph and Ruth (Pansy) Katz, he had lived in New Hampshire for 10 years, previously residing in Plymouth, MA. Howard was a financial analyst and editor-in-chief of The One-Handed Economist and the former Gold Bug Newsletters. He was extremely active in the Libertarian Party. Dear brother of Joyce Nelson and her late husband, William of Lexington, MA. Loving uncle of Alana, Temah and Mya. Cherished great-uncle of Karlana and Taylor. A funeral service will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Avenue, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to your favorite charity. Shiva will be observed at the home of Ms. Joyce Nelson, 8 Volunteer Way, Lexington, MA, Sunday 7-9 and Monday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.

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Published in The Providence Journal on Dec. 25, 2010.
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March 8, 2019
Howard S. Katz
Paul S. Crawford
April 9, 2012
I miss Howard. I was a subscriber to his "one handed economist" newsletter. Bless you Howard. You are missed.
Denita Carman
August 16, 2011
I only now found out why Howard wasn't posting commentary any more. It's very sad - he should have lived a lot longer. His humorous style of writing and his incredible grasp of economics will be sorely missed in this world of fools.
Nathan Schuck
June 2, 2011
I apologise for not having written earlier. I used to read Mr Katz's articles with great interest on the internet. I was wondering if he had written anything recently for and found out that he had passed away on the 23rd of December, 2010. His passing is a great loss not only to economics but to society and freedom around the world. What struck me about Mr Katz's writings was his knowledge, wisdom and his search for the truth. I will miss his writings!
Mario Innecco
April 18, 2011
I was economically blind. Howard Katz helped cure me. I miss his writings.
John Yount
April 4, 2011
I came to know Mr. Katz's work and thoughts only recently in these last few years but seldom have I had my eyes opened by an author/commentator. I subscribed to his service and so looked forward to his commentary and often brilliant thinking. I spoke with him just once about an administrative matter but got the distinct feeling that he was not only a man of supreme reasoning but a man with a sincere heart. I will so miss Mr. Katz and his writings as even to this day, four months after his death,
I feel a void in my life.
Graham Patterson
February 2, 2011
I will miss the robust, direct no nonsense approach that Howard had. He was never afraid to call it like he saw it. The charlatans must all be breathing a sigh of relief with Howards pointed words now unable to penetrate their veils of deceit and chicanery. Like so many I felt a kinship and bond with Howard through his newsletters. My fondest wishes and regards to his family. May his legacy live on.
Bob Muni
February 2, 2011
I will miss your wisdom and insight. you were allways spot on in your articles. thank you.
mike pattison
January 16, 2011
Mr. Katz thank you for putting your thoughts in writing. Very educational. You were an institution to me, I thought you would write a lot longer.
Pieter van der Hoogte
January 14, 2011
I never knew Howard but as a believer in honest money and liberty I have admired his writings in recent years. This man's insights and understanding of political economy will be sorely missed and irreplaceable. This was a man of truth and integrity; I wish I had the honor of knowing him. A man of such wit and intellectual rigor has passed too soon. Gauging by the power of his writing I would have guessed he would live to be 100. Best wishes to the family from an admirer in Kentucky.
Jason Schuckmann
January 12, 2011
Please accept condolences from the Libertarian Party of Tennessee. Many of us here were followers of Howard's insight thru his Kitco writings. He will be greatly missed by all.
J.R. Enfield
January 11, 2011
His thoughtful voice will be missed. Many thanks for your gentle and wise touch on our world Mr. Katz...
Carl Mumpower
January 10, 2011
I thought Howard was brilliant and was always thrilled to see a new article on Kitco. He made so much sense and always made me feel good about my financial position. I was about to join his One Handed Economist. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Margaret Newbigging
January 10, 2011
I am saddened at the passing of Howard Katz. As an avid reader of commentaries on and, I always looked for articles written by Howard and read them first before all others. His insight and understanding of what is actually happening in the world of economics was outstanding. Our politicians would do well to look back over his comments and put in place many of his recommendations. Thank you Howard Katz. (Andrew Bolzonello, Melbourne, Australia)
Andrew Bolzonello
January 10, 2011
I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Mr. Katz' passing. Without ever meeting him, I feel like I knew him and connected with him through his articles, where his integrity and wisdom always came shining through. I would always read whatever he wrote, because they would resonate deeply. In the midst of those that call themselves economists but dont know anything from the real world, it was comforting to me to know that there are still men like him around, but now the world is poorer for his loss. I feel like I lost a father figure, with tears in my eyes even as I write. God bless you Howard.
Chris Hansen
January 6, 2011
Mr. Katz will be missed. I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. His wise historical perspective was of great value to me and I'm sure to many others. I hope his writings will continue to be available to the world. I'm in shock at his passing.
Mike Ullman
January 6, 2011
I never met Mr Katz but i read every commentary that he ever posted on Kitco. I feel like i have lost a friend, and the world has lost a good person.
January 6, 2011
Mr.Katz will be sorely missed. His economic forecasting and stunning predictions were truly masterful. I always looked forward to reading anything new he had to say. May God bless his soul.
alex benincasa
January 6, 2011
Thank you Howard, thank you very much.

If you ever care to honestly understand economics you had best read everything written by Howard S. Katz while you can still get hold of it. His "One Handed Economist" series is a good place to start.

I was shocked to hear of his passing and initially befuddled by the paucity of coverage. Yet, ironically, this very act of the online and print media so blatantly ignoring this sage in his death, is not merely confirmatory of the many truths Katz revealed in his work, it magnifies his stature.

Katz was a beacon to his readers and subscribers. His clear vision through the fog of mainstream misinformation steered many a ship away from the rocks and onto safe passage.

I sincerely hope his heirs realize a duty to preserve and promote his essays and perhaps even find some way to continue the One Handed Economist.

TL, Cincinnati
January 6, 2011
Mr.Katz was my absolute favorite economist. He saw the world the way it is and had the best way of putting into words. I loved his writings and looked forward to reading his new newsletters as soon as they came out. He guided my investments through the financial crises of 2008 and helped me stay with gold and buy more under $800. I loved this man even though I never met him. Iam so saddened to hear of him passing. May God bless his soul and those he left behind. The world truly has lost a champion of freedom, and economic genius. May the writings he left behind be used to educate future economists and freedom lovers everywhere. Good bye Mr.Katz, I love you.
ralph bonincasa
January 3, 2011
I am saddened and surprised by the news of Howie's passing.

Howie attended our WAPF Chapter meetings, often triggering nutrition questions and genteel debate. When I saw him at Earthward, food shopping, we would sometimes compare notes and fondly continue a debate.

Recently in October, Howie attended the Nourishing Traditions potluck dinner at my house. He appeared happy and more open than ever. He contributed to lively discussions and looked well. I figured that he could live beyond age 100.

What an active mind Howie had...always looking at new angles for health, and precious metal investments. He had an interesting, far reaching, and sometimes controversial grasp of these topics. I will miss him.
Susan Stefanec
January 1, 2011
All of the staff at the Wadleigh Library in Milford knew Mr Katz. He was always friendly and very enthusiastically shared his interests. He will be missed.
Theresa McKillop
January 1, 2011
Dear Joyce, Alana, Temah, Mya, Karlana and Taylor,

Mr Katz was a patron at the Wadleigh Memorial Public Library in Milford, NH for many years. As Reference Librarian, I have had the opportunity to talk with and assist Mr Katz with many of his requests. When I heard of his passing, I wanted to share some of my memorable experiences with him. This is what I wrote to the Wadleigh Library Staff, I hope you will find it comforting.


I just can't believe Mr. Katz died. It took me a day to think about it and comprehend that he will not be coming to the reference desk with his "Good Morning" smile sharing something new he found out or asking for help.

I will say that over the last month or so Mr. Katz was very happy. He had completed and published his book he had been working on for a long time. His financial beliefs in precious metals had come to fruition and he talked of finally being financially comfortable. He was always researching the latest health remedies, as demonstrated by correcting his vision so all he needed was reading glasses from the drug store.

Almost every time he published his newsletter he would give me the first page to read, which was always a poem. It always pertained to the economic situations at the time, but his ability to translate that into poetry was amazing to me. I never would have expected him to be a poet.

One of his last visits to the library he came in with a brand new sweater on. He smiled and said to me, "like the new sweater", he was so proud of it, sharing this with other members of the library staff as well. He then discussed how he always wore a white suit whenever he went in for a radio interview or any other time. He said white is a symbol of the good guy (he would smurk when he said it) but genuinely meant it.

There was also a special lady in his life during the last few weeks. He would mention her to me (no specific name) and his face glowed and he was almost giddy when he discussed her. He wanted to buy her something white as a gift, because he thought it would make her feel good about herself. He said sometimes this person was sad and he wanted to help her feel better about all the wonderful things she does for others.

I will miss his presence in the library, we (Wadleigh Library Staff) should all realize that we were probably a bit of an extended family for Mr. Katz. Providing him with a comforting, accepting environment allowed him to be himself when visiting the Wadleigh Library and staff.

I take comfort in knowing that his last months were happy ones, filled with accomplishments and the presence of people who accepted and respected him for who he was.

As many of you mentioned, behind that layer of eccentricity he was a kind, gentle and compassionate man.

God Bless you Mr. Katz, you will be missed.


The staff at the Wadleigh Memorial Library will be making a donation to the local SHARE program, that supports less fortunate families with food and supplies. They play a very important role in Milford and it seemed fitting to make a contribution in Mr. Katz's memory.

Memories are what keep our loved one's in our hearts, I hope this little tribute will support you and bring a smile to your face when you remember Mr. Katz.


Lucinda "Cindy" Mazza
Reference and Adult Services Librarian
Wadleigh Memorial Library
Milford, NH
Lucinda Mazza
December 31, 2010
I will miss Howie so much.
Cris Crawford
December 30, 2010
Dear Joyce, Alana, Temah, Mya, Karlana and Taylor. Howard was a great friend of mine. He was always there for me when I was ill. He drove me to the hospital night after night. I loved him very much and I will miss not seeing him. He was one of the most kindest men I have ever know. I know he is in Heaven and being held closely in God's arms. I love you Howie, dear sweet friend.
Denise Hennessey
December 30, 2010
Dear Joyce, Alana, Temah, Mya, Karlana and Taylor,
Please accept our deepest condolences on Howie's passing. We were shocked and saddened to receive the news and were terribly sad to miss being with you to share memories and hugs.
(We learned of his passing while in the hospital with my dad, so were unable to leave to join you.)
Howie was endlessly kind to us and shared lots of ideas to help me with my health issues. We enjoyed many interesting conversations with him at Passover and other family gatherings. We will miss him.
Our love and prayers are with you all.
Love, Debbie, Tim, Hannah and Zachary
Debbie Charren
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