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Howard, Jean M. (Taylor), 1916-2007


Biographical Note

Jean M. (Taylor) Howard was born April 3, 1916 in Hibbing, Minnesota to Francis and William Taylor. She graduated from Hibbing High School and from the University of Michigan of Interior Design. Howard was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. After working in design studios in Minneapolis, she had the opportunity to take flying lessons. Howard was recruited by the Women AirForce Service Pilots (WASPs) and spent a year and a half ferrying planes for the Army in the United States.

Post-war, Howard relocated to Seattle, Washington and worked as a social secretary for the Rainier Club. She married Bill Howard in 1949 and the couple had two sons, John Taylor and Philip Leslie Howard. She was active in many social clubs and activities. Jean (Taylor) Howard died on January 31, 2007 in Seattle, Washington.


Biography derived “Jean Taylor Howard, WASP.” WASP on the WEB. Accessed January 3, 2020.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Jean (Taylor) Howard WASP Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2007-09-05
Contents of the Collection The Jean (Taylor) Howard WASP Collection contains a black-and-white digital photographic print and a pilot's logbook related to the World War II military service of Jean (Taylor) Howard. The 5x7" print depicts Howard standing in front of an obscured front-facing Piper J-3. She is dressed as a civilian. There is no contextual information on the photograph.

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