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ALBUQUERQUE — W.J. “Jack” Howard, a former Sandia National Laboratories executive vice president who was a valued national adviser on U.S. nuclear policy, passed away Sept. 13 at the age of 88. During his career, Howard, who lived in Albuquerque, was responsible for the early recognition that U.S. nuclear weapons needed built-in controls to prevent unauthorized or inadvertent arming. He also participated in early nuclear weapons tests and was the first director of Sandia’s site in Livermore, Calif. “Jack Howard’s contributions to Sandia are immeasurable, from his nuclear weapons work to his advocacy of nuclear weapons safety to his leadership establishing Sandia’s California site. His actions over a 36-year career shaped the Laboratory into what it is today, and for that we are grateful,” Labs Director Paul Hommert said Friday. “While we are saddened by this news, we will always remember Jack’s standards of excellence, his leadership and his national service. May his legacy live on in the generations of Sandia employees who follow him.” Shortly before his death, Howard became the third Sandia employee to be inducted into the laboratories’ Hall of Fame for his many contributions to Sandia.
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