Howard Gottlieb Haas

Born in New York City, NY on February 8, 1930

Departed on February 18, 2008 and resided in Brentwood, TN

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Brentwood, TN --- Howard G. Haas, 78, died on February 18, 2008 at St. Thomas Hospital following an accident in his home. Howard lived a full life. He was a connoisseur of the finer things – food, wine and classical music. He perfected the art of conversation and was always intrigued by what others had to say. A life long learner, people were drawn to Howard for his intellect, but they loved him for his charm, sincerity and gentleness. Howard is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Rosemarie Haas; his son Roy Haas, also of Brentwood; his sister, Priscilla Gillmore of Syracuse, New York; brother-in-law; sister in-law; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Howard was born in New York City on February 8, 1930, the son of Gottlieb and Mabel Haas of New York and spent his formative years in New York. He was a 1952 graduate of Dartmouth College and received his Master's of Business from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1954. Following graduation, he was a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps in the U.S. Army and spent his tour of duty mostly in post-war Germany. After his military service, he joined NBC International in Saudi Arabia. As Director of Finance and Administration, he was instrumental in building, equipping, and staffing TV stations throughout the country. Upon his return to the United States, he joined Ford Motor Company as a remarketing consultant. He later joined Manheim Auctions, retiring in 2001 as Vice President of Administration. Howard was very active in the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He was a graduate of Leadership Nashville and a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs and les Amis d'Escoffier of Nashville. Howard will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be followed by a celebration service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society and The Humane Society of the United States.

6 Comments to Howard Gottlieb Haas

  1. paul and margaret fenelon says:

    Howard’s company was always pleasurable. He personified “Gentle ” in all his actions and interactions.
    Maggie and I will miss meeting him out and about. Our thoughts are with Rosemarie during this difficult time.

  2. Tom and Dana Cunningham says:

    Howard was a very special man indead. He was always the perfect gentleman and a wonderful person to be around in any setting. We will miss his wit, his charm, and his friendship. God Bless Rosemarie and Roy. Know that you and Howard are in our prayers.

  3. Nick & Terry Drzayich says:

    Howard was the epitome of culture and refinement, without any air of eliteness. We’ll always remember the Thanksgiving our families shared, and his hand shaking as he decanted the 1961 Petrus…

  4. Roger A. Martin says:

    I came to know Howard when we were stationed together in CIC in Munich, Germany in 1955.What a guy! He was always singing “Oh my name is Morgan, but it ain’t JP”. Hadn’t seen him since but missed him all these years.

  5. Jürgen Haas says:

    Dear Haas family,

    we all feel so sorry to read that Howard has died on february 18th 2008. For years we tried to get in contact with him or Priscilla his sister. But we did not have any possebilities to get any adresses. The consulat of the USA here in Frankfurt will not give any information about US-citizens.
    But today, praise the Lord, I was inspired to ask the internet and wrote “Gottlieb Haas New York” and once in a sudden I found this page.
    My grandfather Gustav Haas was the uncle of Howard. Gustav Haas was the brother of his father Gottlieb Haas.
    We have got some old picture of Priscilla, Howard, Gottlieb and Mable Haas.
    We would be very pleased if you would get in contact with us. After all these years of surching we found you and praise the Lord for this. Last but not least we found our relatives in the USA.
    My name ist Jürgen, my granddad was Howards uncle.
    Not only my father, Edmund Haas, he is now 79, would be so happy to get contact with you but also our whole family.
    It May not be te right place for such a story but this is a great chance to get in contact with you if you like.
    God bless you
    in the name of te whole Haas family Frankfurt/Germany
    Jürgen Haas

  6. Jürgen Haas says:

    Dear Haas family,
    if you like to get in contact with us the Haas family in Frankfurt please write an e-mail to or
    Thank you and God bless you
    Jürgen Haas