1980 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Howard Tihila ('38) was a fullback for GW's football team for three seasons (1936-38). In 1937, his junior year, the 183-pound Tihila also played halfback. He was noted by the Cherry Tree as a "hard blocker and deadly tackler" who could "always be depended on for two or three yards in a pinch." His senior year, he gained notoriety as one of the best tacklers on the squad, according to the Cherry Tree.
Tihila was a Navy veteran of World War II, and worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corp., the Small Business Administration and the Civil Service Commission. He later became administrative services director of the National Sciences Foundation, where he won a meritorious service award. Tihila also served as president of the GW Lettermen's Club from 1960-61.
Tihila, who died in 1990, was married to Mary; they had one son, Michael.