John R. Holman, 72, mechanical engineer

August 27, 2006

John R. Holman, a retired career Air Force officer and mechanical engineer, died of heart failure Tuesday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Glen Burnie resident was 72.

Mr. Holman was born in Independence, Mo., and raised on his family's farm in Alba, Mo. In 1955, he joined the Air Force and was a navigator aboard hurricane hunters for seven years while stationed at Travis and McClellan air force bases in California.

During the Vietnam War, he was assigned to Cam Ranh Bay and later spent four years at the Pentagon in Washington, and negotiated air base rights in Spain. He retired as a major in 1975.

Mr. Holman earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1979 from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. In the early 1980s, he moved to Baltimore and owned Printex, a printing company.

He later sold the business and worked as a mechanical engineer for United Technologies, Koppers Co., and Westinghouse Electric Corp., before retiring in the late 1990s.

He was a member of American Legion Post 40. He was an avid pool player and was a member of the American Pool Players Association. He also liked to dance, play golf and discuss politics.

Services were Friday.

Surviving are his companion of 22 years, Mary Murphy; three sons, Mark R. Holman, Lance E. Holman and Erik T. Holman, all of Springfield, Mass.; four daughters, Debra E. Snyder of Fort Wayne, Ind., Cynthia L. Emerson of Bentonville, Ark., Jacqueline S. Jordan of Marquette, Mich., and Heidi F. Holman of Springfield, Mass.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Two previous marriages, to the former Lena Jarman and Florence Jacksen, ended in divorce.

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