Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 21, 2021.
Mary Booth Lowrey Holman
Beloved wife of the late Philip A. Holman, Jr., passed away
peacefully on January 8, 2021.
She was born on September 25, 1924 to Joe Jarman
Lowrey and Gladys Tyler Lowrey in Washington, DC where
she spent her childhood and graduated from Roosevelt
High School (1942).
Mary enlisted in the Nurse Cadet Corps, and worked as a public health nurse. She received
a BS from Columbia Union College and a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
Mary was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement, working with the Medical
Committee for Human Rights, Pride Inc., and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee. She went to Mississippi with an MCHR medical team during the Freedom
Summer, and was their medical coordinator for Resurrection City. Mary was a health
planner for the D.C. Government, served on the Mayor's Task Force on Public Health
Goals, and was the founding Director of the Child Protection Center at Children's Hospital.
Mary was an avid gardener, and a loving, kind, and generous person. She once rescued a
baby left on her front lawn by a car thief.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Holman (Robert Lawrence), her son, Matthew
Holman (Patricia Murphy), her grandson, Andrew Lawrence (Kerry Lawrence) and three
great-grandsons, her sister, Jo Leeds, her nieces and nephew, Madeleine, Anne, and John
Leeds, her cousin, Nigel Simmons, her dear friends, Wilhelmina Basie-Arthur, Martha
Brockway, and My-Hanh Pham, and many other relatives and friends.
At Mary's request, no service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a gift to Montgomery Hospice in Mary's name.