In Memoriam

John Addison Howard, 1921-2015: A Remembrance

John Howard, founder of The Rockford Institute (publisher of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture), passed from this world on August 7, 2015, a week shy of his 94th birthday.  He is survived by his wife, four children, and nine grandchildren.  A memorial service in his honor was held on August 29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Plot No. 1, alongside his illustrious ancestor, John P. Manny. 

While born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, John Howard had roots in Rockford among the Yankee families that had founded the city and its early industries: the Mannys, Sacketts, Emersons, Brantinghams, and Starrs.  Indeed, John seemed to be related in some way to about half of the old families buried under the elegant Victorian tombstones found in Greenwood Cemetery, a mile or so north of The Rockford Institute on Main Street.  He attended the exclusive North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka.  And when it came time for higher education, he naturally headed east to the Ivy League, specifically to Princeton.

Yet in no way did this background generate in John Howard a sense of privilege.  To the contrary, he keenly felt a sense of duty: to his family and its legacy, and to his nation.  In 1942, after studying at Princeton, he entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted man.  For the next three years he served...

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