Born in 1928, Howard Nixon was an oustanding athlete at Bedford Road Collegiate and a four-letter athlete at the University of British Columbia, competing in football, gymnastics, swimming and wrestling.
Howard was hired as a physical education instructor at the University of Saskatchewan in 1952, becoming the man for all seasons. One year, he coached swimming, diving, gymnastics and wrestling teams on campus.
He was also coach of the Huskies football team in 1959 and 1960 during the launch of the Western Intercollegiate Football Conference.
Howard went on to become the first dean of the College of Physical Education, in 1972, and was a founding member of the Canadian Assocation of Sports Science.
His contributions as a sports administator covered all bases, from organizing the Canadian wrestling and gymnastics championships, to serving as vice president for the 1971 Canada Winter Games and the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games.
He was vice chair with the Saskatoon ParticipAction movement and co-ordinated the great Ga Lunka Lop fitness challenge between Saskatoon and Umea, Sweden.
Howard was selected the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1974 and was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1987.
In recognition of his contributions to sports and physical education, he was installed as an officer in the Order of Canada in 2000.