Published in The Washington Post on January 30, 2013
WILLIAM CLARENCE HOLMAN (Age 82)
William Clarence Holman, 82, died peacefully on January
28, 2013 in Irvington, VA.
He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Doris
Holman of Falls Church, VA; his brother, John D. Holman
of Falls Church, VA and a sister, Jeanne Holman Goring
of Reno, NV.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alison Bell Holman,
four sons and their wives, Nick and Chy, Stephen and
Meg, James and Susie of Fairfax County, Va. and Rob
and Mana of La Crescenta, Calif. and 10 grandchildren.
He was born in Washington, DC on January 19, 1931 and raised in Washington and
Falls Church, VA. He graduated from Western High School in January 1949,
attended Bullis Prep and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1954. He
was a line officer on the APA Cavalier and the aircraft carrier Philippine Sea. Following
active duty, he remained in the Reserves and retired as a Captain.
He joined his brother in the operations of Capitol Boiler Works, established by their
father in 1936, and served as president for many years before retiring in 1996.
With his wife, he raised his sons in McLean, Va., teaching them the joys of hunting and
fishing and mini-bike riding. He loved taking them to the beach and off-shore fishing in
Ocean City and, later, in Hatteras, NC. There he found the maintenance of a beach
house took most of his free time. The move to a home on the Corrottoman River in
Weems, VA supplied his heart's desire of living with a boat in the back yard. In August
2011, he moved with Alison to the Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury in Irvington,
Services and interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, 132
Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480, United States Naval Academy Alumni
Association, Class of 1954, 247 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402 or
Alzheimer's Association , 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060.