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Beverley E. Holaday

From the Sullivan County Democrat, April 4, 1989, page 1B.

Grave side services were held for Dr. Beverley E. Holaday, a summertime resident of Long Eddy, at the Riverside Cemetery in Long Eddy on Sunday, April 2, 1979 (1989?). He had died Monday, March 27, at his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the age of 79. Dr. Beverley Holaday was born in Newcastle, Indiana, on February 4, 1910, the son of the late John F. and Carrie T. Holaday. At age 14, he enrolled in Earlham College in Richman, Indiana, and graduated in 1929 from Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, with an AB degree. His first Ph.D. was awarded in experimental psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1933. During these germinal years when psychology matured into a science, Dr. Holaday was taught by Drs. Buhler, Jung, Adler and many other founders of psychology. In the summer of 1938, he studied Rorschach (ink block) testing under S.J. Beck at Michael Reese Hospital. During the same summer he studied Semantics under Count Alfred Korzybski, following earning a second doctorate in education psychology from Ohio State University in 1937. He joined the faculty Fredonia State College, Fredonia, NY, as an Associate Professor of Psychology where he met his wife, an English instructor at Fredonia.

In 1942 Dr. Holaday initiated 19 years of active duty and reserve service with the U,S. Army as personnel consultant to the 2nd Service Command. Ultimately achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was in the Adjutant General Corps where he served as one of none personnel consultants in the Army during World War II. Dr. Holaday was appointed as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1947. Named as Fullbright Professor of Psychology at Phillips University, Marburg, Germany, the Holaday family lived in Germany during 1955-56.

In 1958, Dr. Holaday began 20 years of distinguished service to the University of Alabama, initially as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology. After a sabbatical studying the external degree program of New York state, Dr. Holaday returned to the Capstone to help initiate a similar program at New College in 1970. He was honored by Wittenburg University as a distinguished alumni in 1971. He retired in 1976 from his position with New College and as a Professor of Educational Psychology. Dr. Holaday served as a Consultant to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 1968-76; U.S. representative to the UNESCO Conference on School Reform, Hamburg, Germany, 1956; and as guest faculty member of the U.S. Air Force Air University, Maxwell Field, in 1963. He was active in state and national organizations, including scientific honorary Sigma Xi. At various times he held membership and was active in Kiwanis, American Psychological Association, state and regional psychological organizations, Psi Chi, Pi Mu Delta, and state and regional education association, as well as Kappa Phi Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa.

Former skier and mountain climber, Dr. Holaday recently received his 50 year membership certificate for continued association with the Oesterreichischer Alpenverein, and Austria association devoted to environmental issues and mountaineering.

Dr. Holaday was named as Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Alabama upon retirement in 1976. During almost 50 years of service as an educator, Holaday directly supervised over 100 doctoral students. He was internationally known for his contributions in the field of educational psychology and in recognition of his influence as an educator, was listed in "Who's Who in America".

He is survived by his wife Alta W. Holaday, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; son Dr. John W. Holaday of Silver Springs, Maryland; a daughter, Delaney H. Brandhorst, Greenville, South Carolina; and his grandchildren, Julie P. Hixon and James F. Brandhorst III, also of Greenville South Carolina. A daughter, Julie Peake Holaday, predeceased him.

Services were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Thursday, March 30, with the Rev. David Bargetzi officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Julie Peake Holaday Memorial Fund Attn: Dr. Miriam Locke, c/o Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 1715 4th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35401. The fund was initiated in 1969 in the memory of Julie to assist talented students of the Arts. She was an accomplished artist and held B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Alabama.

[From the Sullivan County Democrat, April 4, 1989, page 1B.]