Howard F. Manly, D.C. public health official

July 19, 2013

Howard F. Manly, a former deputy public health commissioner for the District of Columbia who also held administrative positions with the Air Force, died July 11 at his home in Newport News, Va. He was 80.

The cause was acute myeloid leukemia, said his son, Howard C. Manly.

Howard Felton Manly was born in Newport News and came to Washington in 1951 to attend Howard University. He entered the Air Force a year later and was a veteran of the Korean War.

After active-duty service, Mr. Manly joined the Air Force Reserve, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring in 1993. He held manpower and personnel positions with the Air Force, including director of the Field Activities Division of the old Air Force Systems Command.

He graduated from Howard in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in government and business administration. He received a master’s degree in health-care administration from George Washington University in 1973.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Manly consulted and held executive positions with the Department of Health and Human Services, the old General Accounting Office and the National Institutes of Health. He was a health-affairs liaison with the 1978 White House Conference on Families.

Mr. Manly was operations director of the Westchester County Health Department in New York from 1987 to 1990 and was a senior program analyst with HHS before joining the D.C. government as deputy commissioner of public health in 1991. After retiring in 1994, he moved from Potomac to Newport News.

He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and participated in civic activities, including the Rotary Club. He was also a past chapter president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., a group honoring African American aviators from World War II.

His first marriage, to Theresa A. Powell, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Barbara Fagin Bates of Newport News; two children from his first marriage, Howard C. Manly of Boston and Tamara R. Manly of Potomac; two stepchildren, Dawne B. Collier of Washington and Brandon R. Bates of Fort Worth; one brother; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel