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Peter Dunsmore Howard (1908-1965) was a British journalist, playwright, captain of the England national rugby union team and the head of the spiritual movement Moral Re-Armament from 1961 to 1965.

Born in Maidenheadmarker, Englandmarker, Howard was educated at Mill Hill Schoolmarker. A graduate of the University of Oxfordmarker and journalist, Howard captained the All-England rugby union team while working with the British right-wing political figure Oswald Mosley. Later, he joined the Conservative party and became a political correspondent and investigative reporter for the Daily Express. In 1940 he worked with fellow Beaverbrook journalists Michael Foot and Frank Owen to write Guilty Men, a political polemic about appeasement and the politicians behind it.

Meanwhile, Howard had been assigned by Lord Beaverbrook to investigate the 1930s evangelical work of American religious leader Frank Buchman in England, particularly in Oxford. Howard met, interviewed, and fell in with Buchman, eventually leaving the Daily Express and joining the inner circle of what became known as the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) movement [342787] and [342788]. During and after World War II, MRA made what it considered to be the fight against worldwide Communism its highest priority, and Howard wrote seventeen plays on the themes of anti-communism and world unity, several of them extremely didactic.

Upon Buchman's death in 1961, Howard took his place as the chosen successor to leadership of the worldwide MRA movement. In this work Howard himself traveled extensively. He died in Lima, Perumarker, in 1965.

Howard married 1932 Wimbledon ladies doubles champion Doris Metaxa and they had three children: Anne, Anthony, and The Times journalist Philip Howard. Doƫ (Doris) Metaxa Howard was born in Greece on June 12, 1911, but represented France at Wimbledon; she died September 7, 2007, aged 96.


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