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John Christopher Howard (1891–1952)

Mr. J. C. [John Christopher] Howard, secretary of the road safety division of the National Safety Council of SA for the past twenty years, collapsed and died just before the Australian Road Safety Council began the afternoon session of its annual conference yesterday.

The conference stood in silence in tribute to Mr. Howard, and then adjourned.

Later, the chairman (Mt. T. G. Paterson), after discussion with members, said it was felt that Mr. Howard's wish would be that the conference should continue with its business — the aim of which was the saving of human lives.

Mr. Howard, who had attended the morning session and was a guest at the Legacy Club lunch, collapsed as he was about to enter the lift at the Chamber of Manufactures Building, Pirie treet, city, to resume the conference.

The City Health Officer Dr. Kenneth Fry was summoned from the Adelaide Town Hall to attend him.

Mr. Howard, who was 57, had been suffering from a heart condition for some time.

The conference recorded its tribute to his outstanding contribution to the cause of road safety in SA.

The SA president of the NSC (Mr. C. L. Tucker) said that Mr. Howard had made financial and physical sacrifices to carry out safety council work and was associated with early planning in what had become a national organisation.'

'He made safety his life's work.' Mr. Tucker said. We shall miss him as a zealous worker.'

Councillor C. F. Page, a municipal representative on the safety council, said that municipalities would feel a serious loss in the death of Mr. Howard, who had played in important part in interesting councils in safety work.

Before he became secretary of the SA National Safety Council. Mr. Howard was sales manager for a motor car sales company.

In World War I he served with a motor transport unit.

He was a member of the American Federation of Road Builders' Associations.

Mr. Howard leaves a widow and one son.

St. Peters Council last night expressed its regret at the death of Mr. Howard.

The mayor (Mr. C. A. Ring) said that Mr. Howard had given valuable service to the community for many years.

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'Howard, John Christopher (1891–1952)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 July 2024.

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27 November, 1952 (aged ~ 61)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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