Wallace D. Holman, 84, DuPont chemical engineer

September 07, 2004

Wallace D. Holman, a retired DuPont Co. chemical engineer, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. The former Annapolis resident was 84.

Born in Friendsville in Garrett County, where he was raised, he earned a chemical engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1940. During World War II, he served in the Army in Panama.

In a 37-year career with the E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. based in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Holman held senior management posts in the United States and Netherlands. He worked with textile fibers, including nylon, Quina and Orlon.

He retired in the Hillsmere section of Annapolis in 1978 and moved to Arlington in 1995.

Mr. Holman was a 50-year member of the Masons and served on the board of the Wildfowl Trust of North America in Grasonville. He also enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

His wife of 57 years, the former Rosalie Shimek, died in 1998.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Survivors include three sons, Paul D. Holman of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark W. Holman of Cape Coral, Fla., and John P. Holman of McLean, Va.; a daughter, Susan Holman McShane of Alexandria, Va.; and three grandsons.

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