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William (Bill) J. Holloway, III William (Bill) Judson Holloway, III, 44, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passionate environmentalist, political activist and civic volunteer, computer master, talented violinist, learned scholar, explorer of intellectual pursuits and mountaineer, passed away January 8, 2009, in Austin, Texas. Bill was born in Oklahoma City on July 31, 1964, to his loving parents Judge William Judson Holloway, Jr. and Helen Hoehn Holloway. Growing up as an avid outdoorsman, he was a Boy Scout earning his Eagle Scout award in 1980. Second to Bill's love of Austin, Texas, was his passion for the mountains of Colorado. Bill spent many days mountaineering, climbing and skiing in the Colorado Rockies with his sister, Gentry and cousin, Zach Hornbaker. Some of his greatest memories were of Camp Cheley in Estes Park, Colorado, and the summers he spent there as a camper and a counselor in the tradition of his uncle French Hoehn. He graduated from Casady School, cum laude, in 1983. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University in 1987, where he received the W. Norwood Lowry Prize the same year. He completed a master's degree in Non-Linear Physics from the University of Texas in 1991 and did additional studies in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. Bill began his career at National Instruments in Austin, leaving the company to specialize in web and software design for a variety of institutions and start-up companies. He volunteered and gave his time generously to various political, environmental and other non-profit organizations. He was Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party. He was a dedicated and active leader and active contributor at the local, state and national level of the Green Party serving on numerous committees. He was an avid supporter of the Heartland Flyer commuter train and worked tirelessly to preserve the commuter rail service in our country. He served as a volunteer counselor for a rape crisis center as well as dedicating his time to a multitude of other volunteer and civic organizations. He was preceded in death by his grandparents the late Governor William Judson Holloway, Sr. and Amy Arnold Holloway of Oklahoma City, and William Frank Hoehn and Glowrene Gentry Hoehn of Enid. Bill is survived by his parents, the Honorable William Judson Holloway, Jr., and Helen Hoehn Holloway; his sister, Gentry Holloway; and nephews, Jack W. and Josh W. Holloway, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Hahn-Cook-Street and Draper Funeral Home at 6600 N. Broadway Extension. Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Burial Park following a brief reception at Hahn-Cook. A memorial service will be held in Austin, Texas, on Friday, January 16, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jim O'Brien, 5003 Wasson Road, Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be made to a charity of your choice or Safe Place in Austin, Texas or The Sierra Club.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2009.
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February 3, 2009
I worked closely with Bill creating our web application at PeoplePad during most of 2008. Very early in our working relationship, it became apparent that Bill was an exceptionally intelligent person. His cooperative spirit, coupled with a strong desire to “do things the right way”, made it a pleasure to work with him.

Although Bill kept much of his private life to himself while at work, he could not keep hidden his thoughtfulness for others nor his desire to make the world a better place. In fact, in sharing his world view with me, Bill unintentionally served me well by making it impossible for me to remain blind to my own self centeredness. This change in my perception continues to motivate me to be a better person. Bill was a great example of someone who seemed to possess naturally many of the qualities that most of us have to strive for. My life is much better for having known him.
John Nutting
January 20, 2009
Dear Judge and Helen and Family,

Please know that our thoughts are with you and our hearts go out to you.

With love, Pam, Jack, Matt, Ben, Nate & Josh Williams
Jack Williams
January 19, 2009
I am so very sorry to hear about Bill. We attended Casady at the same time. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holloway family!
Amy Robinson Ivy
January 19, 2009
Dear Judge and family,
Our deepest condolences and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jack Sahl & Family
Jack Sahl
January 17, 2009
My deepest condolences to Bill's family. I worked with Bill through the Green Party several years ago. He was kind and committed and a lover of rail transport.
Amy Miller Keane
January 17, 2009
When I think of Bill, I think of his boyish enthusiasm, his boundless energy and his fundamental decency. I knew Bill for the better part of thirty years, since he was a high school underclassman in Oklahoma City. I knew him best, however, while he was studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and he lived down the street from me.
My wife and I were young parents, and Bill was a great friend to us. In fact, Bill was there at the hospital when our son Max was born in January of 1987. When Max developed the HIB virus two winters later and had to be hospitalized, Bill was there at the hospital every day in spite of one of the bitterest cold stretches in memory, with temperatures below zero and the wind howling out of the north.
During that hospital stay, Max kept gesturing down the hall, a truly pathetic figure with dark smudges under his eyes and a huge IV sticking out of his tiny arm, saying he wanted to go see the “elligators.” It seemed awfully important to him and so it was awfully important to us. Unfortunately, we had no idea what the “elligators” were, tropical reptiles being scarce in hospitals in Oklahoma in the dead of winter.
It was Bill who finally deciphered it. After crouching down on the floor next to Max and listening intently, Bill stood up and said, “He means the elevators. He wants to go down to the elevators.” Sure enough, there were Christmas decorations in the elevator lobby, which fascinated Max and which he happily visited with Bill several times a day for the rest of his hospitalization, interludes of contentment in an otherwise miserable time. Thereafter, “Uncle Bo” was always one of Max’s particular favorites.
When Bill moved to Austin in the early 1990’s, I sort of lost track of him. We’d communicate once or twice a year and then that dwindled down to once every few years. Life has a way of sweeping us all along, and, unless we make a real effort to stay in dtouch, absent friends can get swept away by its relentless current. I wish I had made more of an effort to stay in touch with Bill.
I guess that my strongest memory of Bill is of climbing Mt. Yale in the summer. Bill was a great outdoorsman and he and I did a lot of hiking together in Oklahoma and in Colorado, where we both liked to spend as much of the summer as possible. Yale though, at 14,196 feet, was my first actual “mountain.” I can still picture our ascent in my mind’s eye: Bill swarming up the boulder-strewn slope like a hyper-caffeinated monkey, with me trailing wearily in his wake. Every hundred yards or so, he would stop and wait for me. I would pull myself up, gasping and sweating, to find him sitting peacefully on a rock, staring into the distance, down the Arkansas Valley, like he was looking for something far off on the southern horizon. I’m not sure what he was looking for. Whatever it was though, I hope he’s found it at last. Frater, ale atque vale. Hail, brother, and farewell.
Tad Rhodes
January 17, 2009
Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache. May you find strength, in the love of family, and in the warm embrace of friends.

My deepest Sympathy,
Jeff Pilate
January 16, 2009
My deepest sympathies to your family. Bill was a loving and warm person. He was welcoming and friendly to me as a transfer student into Casady in high school and I will always appreciate his openness. I am sure he is sorely missed.
Kit Kincade
January 16, 2009
We lived across the street for many years from the Holloways on Clermont Place and I went to school and played with Bill almost daily. We spent many afternoons playing in the tree house in my backyard. I had not seen him since he had moved away but my brother saw him several times when he lived in Austin. My family sends our deepest symapthy to the entire Holloway family. The Billups Family
Rena Abraham
January 15, 2009
To the Family of William Holloway III:

I want to express my deepest appreciation for your beloved Bill. He was both a mutual colleague and an advocate for my family and I, as well as for our coalition, Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability (ALMA).

But more importantly, my appreciation transcends beyond Bill’s advocacy and social justice efforts to pay homage to Bill’s exquisite Nature and depth of perception. Sometimes in the pursuit of social justice, it is easy for One to become preoccupied with only the broader systemic picture, forgetting the individuals who comprise that broader picture. Bill, however, remembered the individual. He recognized, empathized and honed focus on the personal levels in addition to the broader systemic issues.

From the moment our family met Bill, we were enamored with his stylized Cat-Like way. He possessed a refined reserve and an impeccable ability to make his every word count – Never a word too many or too few. I recall an interview we participated in together on KOOP radio in November ’07 entitled 'Nightmare in East Austin'. What tickled my family and I was how throughout the interview, Bill appeared to be in a meditative Cat-Like sleep. Yet, without fail, and with such precise timing, Bill would ‘awake’ on cue and poignantly deliver a powerful one or two-line sentence that summed up the whole point of the discussion and clarified its relevance. Then he would sink back into his cat-like meditation again, until he felt like his talents were called upon later again during the interview. He never missed a beat.

Bill’s an extraordinary Spirit and Soul. Our family has been deeply touched by him. He lives on within us and in the work he has dedicated himself to. He has advocated on behalf of members of our coalition with whom he’d never met. In addition to the Gray Panthers, Bill carried a torch on behalf of my family at a time when allies were scarce. To my family and I, he is like a Cheshire Cat: Fading in and out as needed; weaving his work about and throughout us all; impeccably on time, and re-emerging with new surprises when needed. My family and I hold you in our hearts during this time. Please know we feel Bill’s Spirit carrying on among us, inspiring and infusing his talents and passion within us.

My deepest and most heartfelt appreciation for Bill; and my most sincere condolences to you,

Allissa Flint-Chambers & Family (Allissa, Eric, Noah, & J); and on behalf of the members of Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability (ALMA).
Allissa Flint-Chambers
January 14, 2009
On behalf of my brother Mark and the Standeven family, I send our deepest condolences. You will be held close to our hearts and in our prayers. I will never forget the "Club Med" summer scout camps with Bill, or the fact that every merit badge I earned was a direct result of Bill's prodding - and a quietly collaborative effort! Bill was truly one of the most brilliant people I have known. His passion and enthusiasim for all that he did was inspiring, overwhelming and genuine. Most importantly, he was a true friend. He honestly cared more about those around him than he did about himself. The combination of brilliance and modesty is rare. It personifies Bill. I am privileged to have known Bill, and honored to have been one of his many friends.
Kyle Anderson
January 14, 2009
Bill once shared this quote from Claude Monet with me: "It is better to have done something than to have been somebody". I think you could say Bill lived his life that way too, and in the process became a very special 'somebody' to everyone who found a moment to speak to him.

I will never forget him.

To all of his family and friends, my deepest condolences.
Alton Rex
January 14, 2009
Dearest Holloways, We send our love and hugs and hearts. We know Bill cared so much about the world, and worked for so many wonderful causes, and we remember him fondly from his visits to Santa Fe. We are thinking about you all, dear friends. Love, Sandy and Valerie
Sandy Seth
January 14, 2009
We are very saddened to hear of your loss and wish you comfort and solace in your grieving.
Vicki Mandell-King and Raymond Moore
January 14, 2009
Dear Judge and Mrs. Holloway,

All of us in the appellate section of the Federal Public Defender's Office in Denver were deeply saddened to hear of your son's untimely death. Our thoughts are with you.

Jill Wichlens, Howard Pincus, Madeline Cohen, and John Carlson
Jill Wichlens
January 14, 2009
It was a privilege to know Bill Holloway. He was the epitome of the enlightened, visionary, public-spirited man. Bill would have fit very well in the company of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and James Madison. The community has lost a jewel in his departure from us.
David Van Os
January 14, 2009
I knew Bill for about five years when he was involved in the Men's Movement in Austin in the early 90's. He was intense and "seeking" always. I knew about 30% of him but sensed then that he was struggling, usually alone, trying to find himself. Sharp, multi-talented, helpful, he was a "guy" with a broad range of interests and talents. I wish he could have continued with us all on the planet. He is missed. My sincere wish for those he has left behind is that we will all remember his strong investment in living a full, rich, and productive life and hold that to be his highest achievement. He left us all way too soon.
Richard Prosapio
January 14, 2009
Bill, journey well, my brother.
Neil Meyer
January 14, 2009
We are so sorry to learn about Bill's passing, and are keeping him and his family in our thoughts and prayers. We knew Bill through our work with the Travis County Green Party earlier this decade. He was tirelessly dedicated! I will miss seeing him around town and catching up with him about the Green Party. I always respected him for his continued hard work for a more peaceful and just world. What a loss!
Jennifer Thomas and Bob Cardenas
January 14, 2009
Bill Holloway was a unique and greatly valued individual--a rare Soul. His fight for social justice and environmental sustainability continues as a memorable contribution to Austin and Travis County, Texas.

My family and I are grateful Bill blessed us with his presence and friendship--a true gift. His passing grieves us deeply and leaves a prolonged sadness for all who knew him.

With thoughtful consideration and blessings, we send heartfelt and loving thoughts to Bill's parents and sister Gentry. -- J McCart and Family (Austin, TX)
Joyce McCart
January 13, 2009
Dearest Holloways - We are all so very sorry for this enormous loss and we want you to know how much you are loved by all the Seths. All blessings and strength to you Bill, Helen and Gentry and much love,
Jean, Sandy and Laurie
Laurel Seth
January 13, 2009
To Gentry, Judge and Mrs. Holloway,
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I send my deepest sympathy to your family in such a difficult time. You are all in my prayers.

I have fond memories of being in your home as a teen and having such fun with Gentry and Bill. He was such an inventive person. I remember being amazed at the skateboard ramp he built in the garage, and being so impressed with how well he always played the violin.

I send my sincere condolences and hope that you will find comfort in each other. You are in my prayers.
Ann-Marie Henry Myers
January 13, 2009
Gentry, Judge and Mrs. Holloway, I am very sorry for your extraordinary loss. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim Turner
January 13, 2009
It has been so many years since our families lived on 38th. I so sorry this has happened.
Bill Robberson
January 13, 2009
My sincere condolences to the Holloways in their time of grief and sadness mourning the loss of Bill. To Genry, Judge and Mrs. Holloway - your family is in my thoughts and prayers during what must be an excruciatingly difficult time. I have a memory of spending the night with Gentry when we were in gradeschool, and of Bill playing the violin when I was at your home. He was talented and very smart. May you treasure your memories in this difficult time. My sincere condolences - Elaine Paul
Elaine Paul
January 13, 2009
May God bless and console the Holloways in their time of loss.
Bill and Cathy Downes
January 13, 2009
As one of Judge Holloway's law clerks in the late '70s, I seldom saw young Bill, but what I did see was a lively, engaged young man whose parents were extremely proud of him.
Heidi joins me in sending our condolences to you, Judge, and to Helen. We can only imagine the dimension of the loss. You have been devoted parents and I shall long remember our conversation in your office back in November when I visited to participate in the celebrations on the occasion of the Holloway lecture marking your fortieth year on the bench. You spoke so kindly of Bill; it was truly touching. So we wish you strength in this difficult moment and send our love.

Whitney Debevoise
Whitney Debevoise
January 13, 2009
I knew Bill through his Green Party work. He was an idealist, an optimist and at the same time hard-working and practical. He was a driving force and constant voice for truth, justice and an advocate for a community and a country that embraces diversity and justice for all. Austin, its citizens and all those other organizations and people who he worked with are better off because of his work. Even though he has passed the flame of peace burns still brighter because of him.
Martin Thomen
January 13, 2009
Praying for your family during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you and your family. Willa Bray
Willa Bray
January 13, 2009
Robert Hammervold
January 13, 2009
Bill, you are loved and will be missed so much. The impact you have had on so many lives is both moving and inspiring.

Judge and Mrs. Holloway, my heart is breaking for you. I cannot imagine your pain, and I am so sorry that you are having to endure something so excruciating.

And Gentry, Martha, Jack & Josh.... words cannot express the pain I feel for your family. This is hell that no one should endure. Hang in there, take care of each other, and know that there is a lot of support for you all -- not only now, but for always.

with much love and sympathy,
Cubby
Kristin Long & Tariqh Akoni
January 12, 2009
Bill and I were Eagle Scouts together in Troop 193. I will always remember him as a great guy - funny, smart, dependable. Judge and Mrs. Holloway, Gentry, and all friends and family members, I am so sorry for your loss and pray for your comfort and peace.
Jeff Zachritz
January 12, 2009
Bill was a very good person working for all the right things for his fellow man and our country. He was so eager to help. You must be very proud of him as well as heartbroken. He will be missed so much in Austin. We are so sorry for this tragedy.

Sincerely,

Gaye Kopas and all the Health Care for All Texas group
Gaye Kopas
January 12, 2009
My sympathy for his family and friends. I knew Bill through his involvement with the Green Party, and was privileged to meet him in person. He was the kind of activist everyone likes: idealistic but practical, a friendly, committed person of integrity. He drew much respect for his political and activist work.

His work was an encouragement and motivation for others, he will be greatly missed.
Holly Hart
January 12, 2009
Bill, you are loved and will be missed so much. The impact you've had on so many lives is both moving and inspiring.

Judge and Mrs. Holloway, my heart is breaking for you. I cannot imagine your pain, and I am so sorry that you are having to endure something so excruciating.

And Gentry, Martha, Jack & Josh.... words cannot express the pain I feel for your family. This is hell that no one should endure. Hang in there, take care of each other, and know that there is a lot of support for you all -- not only now, but for always.

with much love and sympathy,
Cubby
Kristin Long & Tariqh Akoni
January 12, 2009
I've known the Holloways for a long time....I even babysat for Bill and Gentry a few times. I am so sorry for this loss in your lives and this horrible pain. Please know you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. With love, Caroline Payne Young & Family
Caroline Young
January 12, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was very sorry to hear the news. (Lynda - Judge Wayne Alley's secretary)
Lynda Patison
January 12, 2009
Dear Holloway Family, I am very sorry for your great loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ehteshamul Haque
January 12, 2009
I met Bill at a Green Party national meeting in either 2005 or 2006 and found him to be very intelligent and reasonable and an all around great guy.

He will be missed.

My heart goes out to all who had the privilege of knowing him, as I know he will be missed.
Ruth Weill
January 12, 2009
Vivian, the children and I extend our condolences to you, Helen, and Gentry. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God stengthen you.
Jasper Nzedu
January 12, 2009
We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.
Blain and Ann Myhre
January 12, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rick Wade
rick wade
January 12, 2009
Bill was one of the smartest, best developers I had the pleasure of working with and a good friend. We shared many late night discussions about life, politics, programming, martial arts and more. He will be sorely missed, and my deepest sympathies go out to his family and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Brandon Taylor
January 12, 2009
What a loss for this world where so many believe in violence as an answer to our problems .Bill inspired kindness to each other and Mother Earth.Jean Green Party ,Oklahoma
Jean Mcmahon
January 12, 2009
Holloway Family
I am truly sorry for your loss
My thoughts and prayers are with you
Tammy Duvall
January 12, 2009
We extend our most sincere sympathies to you and your family for your tragic and unexpected loss. We shall keep you in our thoughts.

John and Terri Porfilio
John and Terri Porfilio
January 12, 2009
Our deepest sympathies on this tragic loss.
Paul and Ruth Kelly
January 12, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I deeply care for the Holloway family and will do all that I can to help in this difficult time. Grace and Peace be with you.
Jerome Holmes
January 12, 2009
My dearest Bill, you were my best friend, my confidante, and my rock. You were such a huge part of my life, and I will miss you more than words can adequately convey.
Sondra Sondregger
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