Bjarne Holm (1946 - 2016)

  • "I was just watching Nova "Life's Rocky Start" and I thought..."
    - Matthew Rhoades
  • "Working with Bjarne was always fun, he always had a smile..."
    - Peter Hardcastle
  • "I first met Bjarne in the 1970s when we were young..."
    - Charlie Barnwell
  • "Robin, Very sad to hear about Bjarne, He talked me into my..."
    - Bob Butera
  • "You were always a pleasure to have at the Susitna 100. RIP"
    - Erin Kittredge

On Oct. 9, 2016, Bjarne Holm passed away, on his 34th wedding anniversary, after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He and his wife, Robin, spent priceless time together in his last days. Bjarne was born on Aug. 2, 1946, to Helga and Christian Holm in Aabenraa, Denmark. After some years in boarding school, he joined his mother in San Francisco, Calif. There, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Geology at San Francisco State University. He received a Master of Science in Geology from University of Alaska Fairbanks. He later added a teaching certificate from University of Alaska Anchorage. Bjarne's career rotated between education and geology. He taught at Steller Secondary School for three years and at Service High School for 18 years, retiring in 2002. British Petroleum awarded him Teacher of Excellence in 1996. After retiring from education, he returned to geology working for R&M Consultants in Anchorage. Bjarne spent 43 years in Alaska. Robin married her best friend and beloved husband on Oct. 9, 1982. Their many activities included hiking, skiing and Bjarne's favorite, cycling. He competed in road, mountain and wilderness races, and rode the earliest fat tire bikes. He also summited Denali. He was a proud member of Lions Club, where he held several leadership roles. In August 2013, they moved their household to Sisters, Ore. Bjarne began a lecture series for Sisters Trails Alliance and helped work on trails and other issues. He enjoyed many miles cycling with old and new friends. He and Robin also continued their travels throughout the world. Bjarne was a teacher to all. He was patient, kind, generous with his time and loved helping others. He is survived by his wife, Robin; several cousins in Denmark; and many friends, all of whom will miss him and had the pleasure and good fortune to know him.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 5, 2016