Susan Woodland Howard

Profile Updated: September 28, 2022
Residing In: San Jose, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: David S. Howard
Occupation: Retired attorney, student and family historian
Children: Steven Scott Howard, 1966-2004
Jonathan Philip Howard, 1968-

During the last ten years my path through life has taken unexpected twists and turns. I did not foresee that I would be tramping around Cornwall and Grass Valley, CA looking at 19th Century steam engines, or old London burial grounds, but this is where my family history research has taken me. For nearly three years I have been writing a biography/family history. I also write short biographies for my website.

Dave and I take continuing studies classes at Stanford, exploring topics we didn't have time for the first time through college. I put my membership in the CA State Bar on inactive status as of Feb 1. I have mixed feelings about that.

Our son Jonathan lives in Chicago and is a CPA tax specialist. We travel there twice a year to see him, his wife Nancy, children and now a grandchild. Dave is a Chicago native and still has family there.

Our older son Steve died of a heart arrhythmia on May 17, 2004. He was a junior high school social studies and history teacher. We miss him. He is buried next to his grandparents, aunts and uncles at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. The photo is of Jonathan, me and Dave at his gravesite in May 2009.

We still have relatives living in the Salt Lake area and visit at least twice a year.

Three cats have joint custody of us: Jett, Sharkie and Jasmine. They let me know when I have been too long in front of the computer and that it's time to play. We like to travel, the websites has photos of some of our trips. We like to garden, dine out with friends, and explore. We will celebrate our 45th anniversary on June 23.

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Dec 19, 2022 at 11:11 PM

Seems like I knew Doug forever, but I didn't really know him well, although I have positive memories of him. I enjoyed reading about his life. Dale, did he go to Irving?

Thanks to all the Cubs who help keep us up to date on our classmates.



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Oct 11, 2022 at 2:38 PM

I got to know Carol better when we worked together part-time at the Index Bureau at the old SLC high school during our first two years at the U. That was a challenging time. I remember laughs and serious conversations. 

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Posted on: Sep 28, 2022 at 8:04 PM

Thank you so much for the work and planning by the reunion committee. Dave and I enjoyed every minute. Thanks to Duane Millard for inviting us to his beautiful home, and whoever arranged for the clear, sunny weather, thank you as well.

Dennis Stirling sang one of my favorite 60's songs--Unchained Melody--and Dale Myrberg gave us an incomparable yo-yo performance.

And thanks to all who provided all the wonderful food dishes. I loved connecting with so many friends and acquaintances, and missed those who weren't able to come.

Every visit to Salt Lake brings back so many memories and mixed emotions.

A few months ago I came across Gary and Gordon Shepherd's memoir, Growing Up In the City of the Saints. Enjoyed reading it--and so excited to meet Gary himself at the reunion and be able to chat with him.

I do have one problem--that Victory song? I haven't hear or thought about it for decades. You guys had to sing it! Now I've got an ear worm and can't get it out of my brain.

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Look who showed up in the New York Times!

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Posted on: Apr 25, 2020 at 4:36 PM

We're sheltering-in-place here in San Jose, keeping in touch with family, friends, and classmates with Skype and Zoom and doing well for now. I'm looking forward seeing all of you at August reunion--and prepared to make changes if it must be postponed. Take care!

Nov 05, 2019 at 4:33 AM
Jun 30, 2019 at 7:54 PM

Love the coat rack story. I had no idea--but I'll bet there are lots of great "not yet told" stories about the class of 1960.

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Posted on: Jun 24, 2018 at 12:07 AM

Celebrating 53rd wedding anniversary at Miramar Restaurant, Half Moon Bay, California.

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Nov 07, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Wishing you a belated birthday Susan! I hope you had a wonderful day. When you get a chance , check out the video and pictures from our reunion in August! Hoping you are doing well !

Nov 05, 2015 at 4:33 AM
Aug 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Dave, me and Jonathan, Left Bank
Selfie at Louvre
With Lord Mayor of Dartmouth, England
With cousin Brian at Newcomen 300th
With Bonny & Dan in Kaliningrad
Cornish Cousins in Milwaukee
Rehearsal dinner
Best port to start a cruise
Orange Hat ladies representing South '55, South 63, South '60, and cousin
(West) married to Mike Buckley, South '61

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Posted on: Aug 15, 2015 at 4:51 PM

I’m sorry to miss the reunion. I hope you all have a great time.

In June we went to Paris with our son and daughter-in-law to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. In a few weeks we will go to Chicago where Dave will officiate at the wedding of one of the grandkids. Last year he officiated at the wedding of another one and in October we’ll be back in Chicago again for the wedding of the third and he will officiate again. In September we will stand in as substitute parents at the wedding of his sister in Rhode Island.

The last five years have been busy. I’m writing a book titled (for now) Charles W. Penrose: Polygamy, Politics and the Press 1880-1905. Penrose, editor in chief of the Deseret News, was indicted for unlawful cohabitation early in 1885. With the US marshal on his trail he undertook a series of missions to Washington, New York, and London, using disguises, aliases, and secret codes in an effort to promote statehood for Utah Territory and to change public opinion about the Mormons. The book was inspired when I learned that his 8 year-old son (my grandfather) was subpoenaed to testify against his father before the grand jury.
In connection with the book project I’ve presented papers related to the book at the Mormon History Association (MHA) Calgary conference in 2012, which will be published in the Journal of Mormon History next year. In 2014 I presented three papers: one at the BYU Symposium on Global Mormonism, which will appear in a book to be published in March 2016. I also presented a paper at the MHA in San Antonio, and another on the Hornblowers, Pioneer Steam Engineers in Milwaukee.

In 2012 we went to the 300th anniversary of the invention of the steam engine by Thomas Newcomen in Dartmouth, England. My 5th cousin, Brian Corfield, was one of the three main speakers at the conference. Our Hornblower ancestors worked for Newcomen building the earliest engines. On the same trip we went to Kaliningrad, Russia, to visit senior missionaries: Dave’s sister Bonny and her husband Dan.

After flunking retirement from Deloitte, Dave went back to work as an attorney, and then returned to practice as a CPA in a local firm last year. All that and he underwent five surgeries in the last five years. Fortunately I have stayed healthy to take care of him. He’s fine now. We still find time for classes at Stanford and to take cruises.

50th Anniversary

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Forest School, Second Grade, 1949-1950. Some of us graduated from South in 1960. How many can you identify?
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