William R. Howard Jr., a retired banker and World War II veteran, died Jan. 22 of congestive heart failure at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. The longtime Riderwood resident was 95.
William Russell Howard Jr., son of W. Russell Howard, president of Second National Bank of Hagerstown, and his wife, Mildred Crow Howard, a homemaker, was born and raised in Hagerstown.
A month after he graduated in 1943 from St. James School in Hagerstown, Mr. Howard was drafted into the Army. He served with the 81st Infantry Division — better known as the Wildcat Division — in the Pacific theater. His decorations included two combat infantryman badges, an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon, and three bronze service stars for serving in the Peleliu Island and Angaur Island campaigns.
Mr. Howard attended Washington & Lee University from 1946 to 1949, and began his banking career in 1950 as a teller at the old Equitable Trust Co. During his more than three-decade career, he rose to become a vice president and corporate trust officer who worked with clients on trust and estate portfolios.
He had been a member and chairman of the Baltimore Stock Transfer Association, and a member of the New York Stock Transfer Association and the Corporate Secretaries Association. He was a former board member of Advertising Inc. in Hagerstown.
The longtime resident of the Thornleigh neighborhood of Riderwood retired in 1985.