Commission’s Military Liaison Committee. During this time he assisted with ballistics support to locate a missing nuclear weapon near Palomares, Spain, after the collision of a B-52 and tanker aircraft during a refueling operation. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara awarded Jack the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service for his work. In 1976 he was appointed to serve as a delegate to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in Geneva, Switzerland.
Howard retired in 1982 after 35 years at Sandia, nine of them as executive vice president. He was inducted into Sandia’s Hall of Fame in 2010, only the third Sandian to be so honored. This honor recognizes former employees who made pivotal contributions that have significantly enhanced Sandia. As Labs Director Paul Hommert said: “Jack Howard’s contributions to Sandia and [to] national security were immeasurable, from his nuclear weapons work to his advocacy of nuclear weapons safety to his leadership establishing Sandia’s California site. His actions over a 36-year career shaped the Laboratory into what it is today, and for that we are grateful.”
In his retirement, Howard enjoyed flyfishing, golf, and his home and family. He received an honorary doctorate from New Mexico State University and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979, “for contributions to nuclear ordnance engineering, particularly in systems concepts, command, control, intelligence, and safety.”
Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Georgia. He is survived by his daughter Melissa Howard, of Cedar Crest; his son Andrew and wife Sandra Howard, of Chicago; his granddaughter Rebecca Howard and husband Oliver Soell; grandson Gabriel Howard; and his dog Cruces.