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Beloved husband of Mary L. Holman, passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014.
Phil was born in Charleston, West Virginia on May 25, 1928, to Philip A. Holman, Sr. and Jennie Lind Holman (Hodges), and he spent most of his childhood in Charleston. He attended Princeton University where he met his wife Mary, and he graduated from Princeton in 1949.
Phil devoted the majority of his career to the refugee resettlement programs of the Department of Health and Human Services. He joined the Cuban Refugee Program in 1962, and he retired in 1995 as Director of the Division of Policy and Analysis in the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Upon his retirement, Senator Alan Simpson said, "Millions of refugees admitted to the United States in the past 33 years have had their new lives touched in some way by Phil Holman's work."
Above all else, Phil was loving, kind, and generous, and he had an especially keen sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends for all of these qualities and more.
In addition to his wife Mary, Phil is survived by his daughter Marjorie Holman (Robert Lawrence), his son Matthew Holman (Patricia Murphy), his grandson Andrew Lawrence (Kerry Lawrence), his sister-in-law Jo Leeds, his nephew John Leeds, his nieces Madeleine and Anne Leeds, his cousin Nigel Simmons, three great grandsons, and many cousins, relatives, and friends.
A small, family memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a memorial gift to the Montgomery Hospice in Phil's name.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2014
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