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Andrew Reed Holder

1991 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Andrew Reed Holder Obituary
Andrew Reed Andy' Holder August 11, 1991 - June 4, 2018 San Diego Andrew Holder, 26, passed away unexpectedly in San Diego on June 4, 2018. Born and raised in Clairemont, Andy was a 2009 graduate of University City High School. After earning a B.S. degree in biopsychology and graduating magna cum laude from UC Santa Barbara in 2016, he worked as a clinical research associate at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla. Recently selected to present data at a scientific conference in Australia, Andy was proud to be conducting induced pluripotent stem cell research into Alzheimer's disease and brain trauma, associated with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). He was applying to several Ivy League medical schools to pursue his further ambitions of a career in neuroscience and medicine. Sharing his search to find God and meaning in life, Andy led a liturgical music group for youth at Our Mother of Confidence Church, guided teen retreats and formed a band called the Holy Rockers. A gifted athlete, Andy played baseball and hockey and had a passion for golf. At UCSB, he was a weightlifting team member. His kindness, leadership and desire to improve mental health and fitness were shared with all. He also was a longtime employee of La Jolla Kayak. His parents Robert and Stacy Holder, brothers Kyle and Justin, all of San Diego, grandparents Dell Holder of Phoenix and George and Bonnie Laubmeier of Phoenix, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, survive Andy. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Andy's life from 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at 2340 Paseo Dorado in La Jolla, with a service and reception immediately following. All who loved Andy are welcome.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on June 12, 2018
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