James Hampden Howard – Rear Admiral, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

James Hampden Howard, 90, a retired Navy Rear Admiral who had taught courses in computer science at American University and Northern Virginia Community College in the 1960s, died of cardiac arrest November 12, 1998 at his home in Goodwin House in Alexandria, Virginia.

Admiral Howard, who was born in Washington and attended Western High School, was a 1930 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

At the academy, he was fencing team captain and a national fencing champion.

Before World War II, he served aboard the battleship Arkansas and the cruiser Cincinnati, and smaller ships. During the war, he served aboard the cruiser New Orleans in the Pacific, receiving a Silver Star for his work after his ship was torpedoed during a Solomon Islands surface action.

After the war, he commanded ships and an amphibious transport squadron, served as a cruiser division chief of staff, and graduated from the National War College.

He also served as assistant chief of staff for arctic operations of the Military Sea Transport Command and served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring from active duty in 1959.

Admiral Howard, a registered professional engineer, received a master’s degree in public administration from American University in 1965. He was the author of “Electronic Information Displays for Management,” and  edited the book “Electronic Information Display in Management Information Systems.”

He was a member of the D.C. Society of Colonial Wars, the USNA Alumni Association, and the Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis Hammond, whom he married in 1936 and who lives in Goodwin House; a daughter, Linda H. Mattingly of McLean; a son, James Jr., of Gastonia, North Carolina; four granddaughters; and  three great-granddaughters.

The Admiral was buried in Section 6, Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1998.


On Thursday, November 12, 1998, in Alexandria Hospital, JAMES H. HOWARD, Rear Admiral, USN (Retired), husband of Phyllis H. Howard; father of Linda H. Mattingly and James H. Howard, Jr.; grandfather of Elizabeth  H. Mattingly, Patricia S. Mattingly, Mary Pence and Helen S. Howard.  He is also survived by three great grandchildren. Memorial services will be  held 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, with inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Family requests that memorials be made to The Salvation Army, PO Box 2245, Alexandria, Virginia, 22301 or charity of choice.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 11/04/1908
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/12/1998


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