David Laird Holdzkom, 68, died at his home in Chapel Hill October 5 after a short illness. David was born in Colby, Kansas, served in the U.S. Army, graduated from the University of Washington in Political Science, and served in the Peace Corp in Tunisia. After completing his M.A., David spent his life as an educator, with over 40 years of service at various educational institutions. David’s career took him and his wife to locations ranging from North Africa to the Pacific North West, ultimately settling in Chapel Hill in 1985. His work included various aspects of education, program management, and performance evaluation for the NC Department of Public Instructions and the Durham and Wake County School Systems. A friend indicated that whatever he did or whatever title he held, David was always a teacher. Though he retired in 2013, he continued to mentor the Millbrook High Quiz Bowl team and traveled with them to Chicago for a national competition. He was an avid reader, often completing books before the New York Times issued a review, and frequently read favorite novels in French. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 40 years, Roslyn P. Holdzkom, and leaves son Nicholas and his wife Liz, of Silver Spring, Maryland. David leaves many friends who are invited to celebrate his life at a memorial gathering Saturday, October 11, at 3:00 PM at the Carolina Inn Chancellor’s Ballroom, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill or a literacy council in your community.