SAG-AFTRA Foundation Statement on Passing of Board Member and SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard

March 23, 2016

(LOS ANGELES) — The following statement by SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams is released on behalf of SAG-AFTRA Foundation:

Having known Ken Howard for over 30 years and worked with him as an actor and as a member of our Foundation Board, I would like to express how deeply we will feel his loss.

Ken did great work all his life – as an actor, as the president of our union, and for our Foundation.

For more than four years, Ken served on our Board as an outspoken advocate for the emergency assistance, catastrophic health fund and scholarship programs for union members and their families in need of a leg up. He was also an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s free professional programs which help union members build their careers and develop their craft.

Ken attended many Foundation fundraisers, events and meetings in order to support the mission and work of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. He did all of this on his own time, without compensation or fanfare, to be of service to his fellow union members.

On behalf of our entire Board, staff, and the union performers we serve every day, our hearts go out to Ken’s wife Linda and his entire family from all of us at the Foundation.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions may be made to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Onyx and Breezy Foundation for the Welfare of Animals. To give to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in memory of Ken Howard, click here.