Howard C. Westwood, 84, a partner in the Washington law firm of
Covington & Burling and a specialist in airline law, died of emphysema March 17, 1994, at Chevy Chase House in Washington.
Mr. Westwood joined Covington & Burling in 1934 and retired in
1979. Since then, he had been of counsel to the firm.
His law practice included helping develop government regulation of
airlines and the Civil Aeronautics Act, and the representation of
clients in the airline industry. From the mid-1950s to the mid-197’s,
Mr. Westwood also worked on legal aid for indigents. He was a
founder of the Legal Aid Society and in 1992 was awarded its
“Servant of Justice” award.
Mr. Westwood had written more than 30 articles on the Civil War for
historical journals and had presented more than 25 papers to Civil
War round tables in Washington and elsewhere. His first book,
“Black Troops, White Commanders and Freedmen During the Civil
War,” was published in 1992.
He was a member of the Burning Tree Club and a board member of
the Ulysses S. Grant Association of Carbondale, Illinois.
He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, attended Swarthmore College
and graduated from Columbia University law school. He was clerk to
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harlan F. Stone for a year before joining
Covington & Burling. During World War II, he was a Marine Corps
drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C.