John Howard, retired director of press information for CBS-TV and a former CBS-TV publicist, died July 9 of cancer at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. He was 71.
Born in Chicago, Howard worked for City News Service, the Chicago Daily News and as a publicist for WGN-TV Chicago before moving to Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the CBS-TV publicity department in March 1956, Howard was employed as a publicist by the Margaret Ettinger Co.
He worked on all of CBS-TV’s major series and specials of that era before being promoted to director of press information. He retired from that position in 1988.
Howard is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a casting director at CBS-TV, two daughters, including Tracy Howard, a publicist for Universal Studios Hollywood, and a sister.