Dear GCOOS Friends and Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the unexpected death last night of Dr. Matthew K. Howard, Data Management and Communications Coordinator
Matthew K. Howard 1954-2018
for GCOOS and Research Scientist in the Department of Oceanography, College of Geosciences at Texas A & M University.
Matt's pioneering contributions to oceanography, ocean observing systems and data management are wide-ranging and countless and matched only by his kindness, desire to help, quick response, wonderful wit and enthusiasm for life.
We will miss him dearly.
We will share information about memorials to Matt and how you may offer condolences to his family as those details are put into place. In the meantime, we're encouraging friends and colleagues to share memories of Matt online at
Condolence notes and letters can also be sent to Matt's wife, Ailene Howard, in our care and we will be sure she receives them.

Please mail to:
Ailene Howard C/O GCOOS
3146 TAMU
College Station ,  TX 77843

In sadness,

Barbara Kirkpatrick
GCOOS Executive Director