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ACI World mourns the passing of former Director General Jonathan Howe

Montreal, 5 March 2020 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has mourned the passing of its second Director General, Jonathan Howe. Jonathan passed away on 3 March 2020 in his home surrounded by his family in Gray, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, 6 March 2020, at Christ Episcopal Church in Macon with Rev. Cynthia Knapp officiating. A reception will follow at the church from 10:30am-11:30am and interment will be private at Riverside Cemetery.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth (Bitsy), daughters – Eugenia Holliday (Mark), Poulsbo, Washington and Jennifer Schnarre (Fred), Springfield, Virginia; and granddaughters: Kate Wold (Alex), Seattle Washington, and Elizabeth Gregory, Poulsbo, Washington; Jonathan was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Walter and Jane Howe and grew up in Litchfield with his brothers Peter (Charlottesville, VA), Robin (Landrum, SC) and Timothy (preceded in death).

He attended St. George’s School and Yale University, where he received his law degree. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC.

Jonathan spent his career combining his love of aviation with the law. He spent 20 years at the FAA, with his final assignment as the Director of the Southern Region in Atlanta. After the FAA, Jonathan moved back to Washington, DC to lead the National Business Aircraft Association before moving to Zuckert, Scoutt, Rasenberger, LLP.

He and Bitsy enjoyed four years in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was Director General of Airports Council International.

In 2008, Jonathan retired from the law firm and moved to Gray, Georgia. In retirement, he continued to enjoy many of his favorite activities — ham radios, computers and gadgets, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

Gray Memorial Chapel is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for Jonathan Howe.

Notes for editors

  1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2020, ACI serves 668 members, operating 1979 airports in 176 countries.
  2. More information on the funeral details and memory wall for Jonathan.

Media contacts

Bojana Jeremic
Manager, External Relations and Special Events
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254

Sabrina Guerrieri
Manager, Communications
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1200