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USATT Hall of Famer Jack Howard Passes Away

By David Rubin | Sept. 10, 2020, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Jack Howard was a Table Tennis Hall of Famer and Leader in so many ways. Listing Jack Howard's achievements in Table Tennis should be a book not a few sentences. He was the Team Captain and  leader of the U.S. Table Tennis Team that went to China and on the cover of Time Magazine which was THE Magazine of the time. Our adversarial relationship with China evolved into Friendship first with Table Tennis opening the door. It was Captain Jack Howard who was the key spokesperson Player to the media  for "Ping Pong Diplomacy".


Jack was a Top 10 player for several years and he actually was as high as number 3 in the U.S. In 1972 Jack lost in the US Open Finals  to D.J. Lee. It was Jack Howard who helped create our rating system which we all rely on. He was a student of the game who so wanted the over matched United States Players to  be on center stage in the World Table Tennis scene which they weren't and do what they needed to do which wasn't happening.
In the last few years with his health failing him, Jack would spend hours on his computer studying World Class Table Tennis Players and their techniques and always willing to share  his insights with his fellow friends and players. An All around genuine good guy who will be missed.

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