Danville, NH — John Sinclaire Howland died at home after a long battle with prostate cancer.
John (Jack) was born in Norwood, MA, the eldest son of Herbert Vaughan Howland and Miriam Sinclaire Howland.
A 1956 graduate of East Providence High School in Rhode Island, John went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned his SB in Mechanical Engineering in 1960, SM (1962), and Mech E (1966). He was a practicing engineer for nearly fifty years with the firms of Foster-Miller Associates, Arthur D. Little, and as founder and president of the consulting firm Howland Associates. He holds several design patents.
John held his amateur radio operator’s license since 1951 (W1AUA) joining the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. That same year he became an Eagle Scout and, in 1953, attended the Irvine Ranch Jamboree where he was correspondent to the Providence Journal. He was a private pilot and sailor. Among his many interests, he enjoyed restoring period houses, antique vehicles and clocks, read extensively, and had a broad appreciation of music. He and his wife traveled widely.
He was an active member of his community serving for many years and chairing the Danville Planning and Zoning Boards as well as the 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee. He is a past president and life member of the Old Meeting House Association of Danville, NH.
John is survived by his wife Ann of Danville, NH; his brother Robert of San Antonio, TX; four children by a prior marriage, Elisabeth of Frisco, TX; Deborah of Concord, NH; Susan of Concord, NH; Jonathan of Clayton, NC; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Prostate Cancer Research Fund, c/o Matthew R. Smith, MD ad the MGH Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street, The Yawkey Bldg 7E, Boston, MA 02114.