Obituary of McHenry (Mac) Holliday Holt d. March 7, 2009

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Obituary of McHenry (Mac) Holliday Holt d. March 7, 2009 - Wood-dell Wood-dell, Kather-ine (877)465-6636,...
Wood-dell Wood-dell, Kather-ine (877)465-6636, McHenry H. Holt SALEM McHenry Holliday Holt, Cdr., USN (Retired), 86, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at his home. He lived a long and enthusiastic life with his adoring wife, Carol Marie "K.K." Davis Holt, their daughter, Carol McHenry Holt, and son, McHenry Holliday Holt Jr. He grew up in Staunton, son of Charles Asbury Holt Jr. and Helen McHenry Holliday Holt, the fifth of sixth children. A wonderful family, their oldest beloved daughter, Helen Deane Holt, who died at age 17, Frank Thomas Holt, Katherine Ashbury Holt, Charles Asbury ,Holt III, McHenry and Jack Ambler Holt, who died in January 2000 at the age of 77. McHenry 's son, McHenry Jr., also died in the same month and year. Cdr. Holt attended school in Staunton. He went to Episcopal High School in Alexandria and then to Randal's Prep School in Washington, D.C. At 18, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated June 9, 1943. He then married Carol Marie "KK" the day after on June 10 at Trinity Church in Staunton. He served on the destroyer USS McCook on convoy duty in the North Atlantic, participating in the Invasion of Northern France and the invasion of Southern France during that period. Once home, he entered Naval flight training in February 1 945 and received his Navy Wings in April 1946. He was assigned to Naval Air Transport Duty in Honolulu. He flew trips to Kwajalein, Guam, Midway Island, Samoa and San Francisco until squadron was ordered to Frankfort, Germany, in October 1948 to participate in the Berlin Airlift. He flew 125 round trips to Berlin and was awarded the Air Medal. McHenry was then assigned to the new field of nuclear weapons at San-dia Base, N.M., Special Weapons School from 1949 to 1952 to teach special weapons delivery to Navy and Air Force pilots and bombardiers. He was the special weapons officer with the Heavy Attack Training Unit at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk from 1952-1955. From 1955-1957, he was the assistant experimental officer at China Lake Naval Ordinance for nuclear and thermonuclear weapons. He was assigned as missile officer aboard the experimental guided missile ship USS Norton Sound from 1957-1959. He also served in the Polaris. Missile Programs as Navy liaison officer to the Air Force Ballistic Division and the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles, Calif., from 1959-1962. From there, he . was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Weapons (Pacific Range Division) in Washington, D.C, until retirement from the U.S. Navy as a commander in June 1964. Upon his retirement from the Navy, . he was commended by the Chief Bureau of Naval Weapons for developing the first training course for the Navy and Air Force VA and UF squadrons. In addition, for being a major contributing factor to the initiation of a long-range development program for the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. He entered Penn State University in September 1964 and graduated with a master's degree in electrical engineering in September 1965. He was then appointed head of the electronics technology program at Northern Virginia Community College (the first of the Virginia Community College systems) in Annandale and taught electronics and mathematics until retirement in June 1984. The Holts resided in Arlington from 1962 until they moved to Roanoke in 1998. While in Arlington, McHenry and his family were members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C, where they were active members in both. They were members of Army Navy Country Club, where he was an avid golfer. They moved to Roanoke in 1998 and became members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem and of Hidden Valley Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol Marie Davis Holt; daughter, Carol Holt Groves; three grandsons, Eric Russel Groves and wife, Terri, and stepdaughter, Ashley Shorter, Scott McHenry Groves and wife, Elizabeth Foti Groves, and their daughter, Delaney Ann Groves and Jonathan Holliday Groves, all of this area. Also surviving are a granddaughter, Jaelea Jane Holt and her mother, Lee Goehringer, of Delaware; a sister, Kitty Holt Dozier of Staunton; and two brothers, Frank Holt of Thomasville, Ga., and Charles Holt "Knobby" and wife, Jodie Holt, of Charlottesville. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem. Following that service will be a blessing at Trinity Church in Staunton. Inurnment will follow the blessing at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association, Southwest Area, 3512 Brambleton Ave., Suite 3, Roanoke, VA 2401 8. t

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  2. 12 Mar 2009, Thu,
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