His education included Principia '44-'48; Princeton '48-'52 (BS Engineering) and Harvard Business School '55-'57 (MBA).
In the United States Navy, between '52-'55 during the Korean War, Howard flew as a Lieutenant JG Airman from the carrier USS Princeton.
Initially employed in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, Howard worked in engineering consulting and manufacturing operations, eventually entering into a career with Amstar Corporation. Here he held positions as VP Operations '72 '79; COO '79 '81; Chairman '83 '89; President '81-'89 and CEO '82 '89.
When Amstar divested its' major businesses-related to the production and distribution of sugar, the remaining companies, the largest of which was Milwaukee Electric Tool Inc., were merged with another MLCP controlled company in a similar industry known as ESSEX Industries. Howard became the Chairman of this new combined entity called ESSTAR Inc. 1989-1996.
He was a tireless and influential director serving Crompton & Knowles '87 '95; Tambrands '85 '96; Interpace; Amstar Corp. '76 '89; Amstar Holdings '84; Uniroyal; American Skandia; and Colgate-Palmolive '82 '04 and '05 '07.
Howard invested time and service in the social and sporting pleasures of a variety of club memberships including: Hemisphere Club, NYC; University Club, NYC; The Blind Brook Club, NY; Woodway Country Club., Connecticut; Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey; The City Club of Palm Beach, Florida; Jupiter Hills Club, Florida; and held current memberships at Medalist Golf Club, Florida; Loblolly, Florida; and Blooming Grove Hunting & Fishing Club, Pennsylvania.
Married 1958 to Judith Ann Blough. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, children H. Beck Wentz lll, Roger Blough Wentz, Elizabeth Ann Wentz-Stewart and four grandchildren.more » « less