Matthew O. Howard, Ph.D passed away December 16, 2018 at the age of 62 following a lengthy hospitalization.
Matthew grew up in Yakima and participated in many sports. He so enjoyed playing on Joe Andreotti’s football and baseball teams, the Surveyors and the Redskins.
At Davis he enjoyed playing trombone in the band. He proudly marched in his bright orange Pirate uniform. A highlight of his musical interest was playing in a funk band during a local Battle of the Bands. Many hours were spent singing harmonies with friends.
In college at Western Washington University he majored in psychology, earning a B.S. and M.S. Then at the University of Washington he received his MSW in social work and a Ph.D in social welfare.
His first teaching assignment was at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis as an associate professor. From there he was teaching at the University of Michigan. He was a professor of social work and psychiatry.
His last teaching assignment was at the University of North Carolina where he taught and was associate dean for faculty development. Matthew won many awards for his teaching. In 2014 he was awarded UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He found his calling in teaching and enjoyed developing his students’ research and writing skills.
Matthew was known nationally as an expert in juvenile inhalant abuse and alcohol dependence. He was a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, and a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Welfare.
In 2016 Matthew earned recognition as among the country’s top 40 social work researchers, whose scholarly contributions had high impact in the field. Matthew authored 400 publications, including 300 peer review articles, book reviews, editorials, government reports, and abstracts.
He served on the editorial boards of 30 journals. In 2015 he was appointed editor in chief of the Journal of Addictive Disease. Then a year later became associate editor for the Journal of Society for Social Work and Research. He was also editor in chief of Social Work Research and north American editor for the British Journal of Social Work.
In his free time he enjoyed reading true crime, studying forensic science and watching sports. He will be missed by many.
May he rest in peace.