Newport and New York lost one of their most beloved citizens when Howard Cushing passed away peacefully on July 5, at the age of 89. A longtime investment advisor at White Weld and his own firm, Howard was born in New York and attended Saint Bernard’s and Groton. At Harvard he was a decorated oarsman and midshipman at ROTC. Commissioned upon graduation, he served as an officer aboard destroyers in the South China Sea. He remained a supporter of the Naval War College, the Military and a proud patriot ever after.
Howard was handsome, kind, devoted to his large family and always concerned for others. He was an enthusiastic sportsman, at the helm of his lobster boat the “Blue Dolphin,” rooting for the football Giants in good times and bad, on the squash doubles or tennis courts. I changed in the alcove next to his at the Racquet Club for decades, enjoying friendly banter and fierce competition, always followed afterwards by one of Bill Fleming’s signature Bloody Bulls in the Bar below.
Pierce MacGuire remembers winning the decisive match two years running with Howard as his partner in the Bigelow Cup, an inter-club competition. “Howard was in his late sixties and by far the oldest player. He was thrilled to be asked, and when late in the matches it became clear we had a chance to upset the other team, the adoring gallery exploded in appreciation, and in response Howard would pump both his arms over his shoulders.” The Club president Morris Clothier said, “He served on the board for forty-nine years and was a member for sixty-two. He was beloved by all and will be missed.”
Added Alexander von Auersperg, “For those of us who had the great privilege to know Howard, Newport and Baileys Beach will never be the same without him.”
Like his father before him, Howard was also a longtime president of the Spouting Rock Beach Association, serving from 2002–2018, and I have fond memories of him giving an approving wink when I joined Nora and him with a pretty girl on the dance floor there.
Also like his father, Howard was a longtime governor of The Brook, so perhaps the last word is best left to its president, Michael J. Meehan. “One of my happiest memories is taking Howard and young Howard to Henley and watching the races with them on the Committee Boat. Howard was everything I always wanted to be.”
An enviable epitaph, and a sentiment shared by many whom Howard Cushing has left behind.