Anthony "Tony" Holbrook (1926 - 2017)

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Anthony (Tony) Holbrook passed away November 12, 2017 at age 91.
He was born in Ontario, California on April 16, 1926, to Roy and Helen Mayhew Holbrook.

Tony served the last three years of WWII in the Army Air Corp immediately after high school graduation. He graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He then studied in Hawaii and finished with his Ph.D. in speech sciences at the University of Illinois. He was an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Michigan before being at professor at Florida State University. He operated the speech science lab for 26 years until retirement.

Tony had a passion for sailing and spent months each year in the Bahama Islands. After retirement the trips included areas of the Caribbean.

His life took a different direction shortly after retirement when he became a volunteer with the National Park Service. He spent 14 years working summers in Yellowstone Park and his last year at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. Tony's love of teaching served him well and made him a natural for this position. He enjoyed working with the public and providing information about the Park. A friend once commented "Ask Holbrook a question, better pack a lunch." He was a thorough teacher in and out of the classroom.

Tony is survived by Johanna Holbrook, his wife of 46 years: children: Robin Holbrook, Palo Alto, CA, April Blain (Lee), Mountain View, CA and Christopher Holbrook (Nok) Bangkok, Thailand; stepdaughters: Melissa Wright, Bagdad, FL and Michele Knox (Scott), Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren: Colin Holbrook, Jesse Vitapatal, Patricia Blain and Haley Knox.

No formal service will be held at this time but a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

David Conn of Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family. (850-926-3333 or
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Published in The Wakulla News on Nov. 30, 2017