Born in 1928, Dr. Nixon has spent most of his adult life in the service of others. He was an excellent athlete in high school, a four letter athlete at the University of British Columbia and a varsity coach in seven sports. His administrative skills were put to the test many times.
He chaired and organized the Canadian wrestling championships and Olympic trials and also aided in staging the Pan-American Gymnastic championships. Howard was on the board of directors of the 1971 Canada Games. When the Saskatoon ParticipAction movement needed a push, Dr. Nixon was right there. As its vice-chairman in 1974, he coordinated the great Ga Lunka Lop when Saskatoon twinned with Umea, Sweden. In 1979, Nixon acted as vice-president and sport organizer for the Western Canada Summer Games.
Regardless of the activity, whenever a national sports activity comes to Saskatoon, Howard is not far away. He was selected the 1974 Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year and inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.