Joseph Daniel Howard, MD, passed away at age 89 on June 14, 2023, in Pensacola, FL. He was born May 30, 1934, in Hartford Connecticut. He won a sports scholarship to Yale University as a starting freshman on the Yale football team. He was injured the preceding summer and could not play football, but won an academic scholarship at University of Chicago. While there he met and married his lovely wife, Marilyn, in 1954. She was a third year nursing student at Micheal Reese Hospital in Chicago. One day he went to the playing field and, even though in a full leg cast, he threw a shot put so far that the coach invited him join the track team. Dr. Howard set records in the 1950's that lasted until the 1970's at the the University of Chicago. He obtained his Medical Degree at University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Dr. Howard was a adjunct professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He started a large multi-specialty clinic in Logansport, Indiana, in 1968. Dr. Howard moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida to accept the position as the first Director of the Family Practice Program of The Pensacola Educational Program.
He left the directorship to start a private Family Practice with his wife Marilyn, a Family Nurse Practitioner. They served their local community for 41 years and retired for medical reasons in 2019.
Dr. Howard was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and The Elks. Dr. Howard retired from the US Army Reserves with the rank of captain.
He authored an instructional book to help patients receive optimal medical care, "The Sophisticated American Patient", which will be available soon on Amazon.
Dr. Howard dedicated his life to healing and helping people live better and more healthy lives, as well as the education of patients and future physicians. He and Marilyn, worked as a team in their Family Practice for decades, bringing health to the communities they served.
Dr. Howard was preceded in death by his Mother, Alice Howard, Father, Joseph John Howard, and Sister Alice Paszek. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter, Rebecca, his son, Daniel Howard, and sister Claire Greenberg.
His celebration of life will follow his memorial mass 10 AM, Saturday, July 22, 2023, at Our Lady of The Assumption, at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, he would have preferred donations to Our Lady of The Assumption, 920 Via De Luna, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561.