Passed away on February 2, 2018 at his home in New York City. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 20, 1941 to Eleanor How Hamm, and Howard K. Hamm, Sr. Howard grew up in Kalamazoo and frequently spent summers sailing at Macatawa, a lifelong hobby of his. He attended Princeton University and later joined the Navy. At the end of his active service, rated Boatswain's Mate, Third Class (E-4), he finished his undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Howard spent several years working for First National Bank and Trust and later went to work in the trade show business where, after several years of dedication, became a Vice President at George Little Management, Inc. While with the George Little Company, Howard became President of the National Association of Exposition Managers (NAEM). After retiring, Howard concentrated on real estate where he leveraged a deep knowledge and interest in the historical context of towns, structures, and architecture into successful investments. He had a voracious appetite and unequaled recall of information, especially historical. He was a talented pianist following a family tradition. His father was an accomplished pianist with a love especially for Chopin. Howard spent most of his time in New York City and his beautiful historic home on Shelter Island. Howard is survived by his beloved partner of 47 years, Jeff Hochhauser; a professional playwright, librettist, lyricist, and teacher of the history of Musical Theater at American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Additionally, he is survived by his youngest brother, Robert L Hamm of San Francisco, his nephew Matthew W. Hamm and wife Gina of Denver, CO; and his nephew Russell K Hamm, wife Kelsey, and two daughters, Lilly, and June of Owasso, OK; and niece, Eleanor A Hamm of New York City. Howard was preceded in his death by his younger brother Warren How Hamm. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Howard in the Spring . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the York Theatre Company https://yorktheatre.org/support/donate or The Shelter Island Historical Society www.shelterislandhistorical.org.