Charlotte C. Holt, 84, counselor and volunteer

August 03, 2004

Charlotte C. Holt, a retired city public schools guidance counselor and civic volunteer, died of heart failure Thursday at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Windsor Hills resident was 84.

Born Charlotte Coleman and raised in Roanoke, Va., she graduated from high school at 16 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1940 from the former Virginia State College in Petersburg.

She was a legal secretary in Washington at the U.S. Patent Office before her 1943 marriage to Dr. Edward Eugene Holt, now a retired Baltimore surgeon.

They lived in New Bern, N.C., until moving to Baltimore in 1956. Mrs. Holt worked briefly for the old Maryland Interracial Commission before beginning her teaching career in 1958.

She taught English and business courses at Hampstead Hill and Benjamin Franklin junior highs, and at Western High School.

She earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Loyola College in 1967, and worked as a guidance counselor at Northwestern High School from 1971 until retiring in 1982.

An alto, Mrs. Holt enjoyed singing and playing piano with church and sorority choirs.

She also attended performances of the Morgan State University Choir and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and was a season subscriber to the Mechanic Theatre and Center Stage.

Mrs. Holt had been appointed to the Maryland Foster Care Review Board by Gov. Harry R. Hughes, and was a longtime American Red Cross, March of Dimes and National Kidney Foundation volunteer.

She had been president of the Monumental City Medical Society auxiliary and chairwoman of its scholarship committee.

Mrs. Holt was a member and a former elder and deacon of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4640 Edmondson Ave., where services will be held at noon tomorrow.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Baltimore District Judge C. Yvonne Holt-Stone and Pamela G. Holt, executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, both of Baltimore.

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