Don­ald Harvey Holdt

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

BAL­TI­MORE — Don­ald Harvey Holdt, 89, died at home sur­rounded by his proud and lov­ing fam­ily on April 12, 2016. Born and raised in Bal­ti­more, MD, to the late An­drew and Beu­lah Har­mon Holdt.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 50 years, Kathryne Car­lon Holdt, daugh­ter Deb­o­rah Aikins and her hus­band Harold, grand­daugh­ter Jen­nifer Ma­cias, great-grand­daugh­ter Abbi Ma­cias, step­daugh­ter Michele Parisi, step­son Dou­glas Gill and wife Leanne, and step-grand­chil­dren Charles, Robert, Mar­garet, and Elis­a­beth Gill.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, Mr. Holdt was pre­ceded in death by his brother, Chap­lain Robert P. Holdt. He was a mem­ber of the Christ Epis­co­pal Church.

Mr. Holdt served as a ra­dio op­er­a­tor for the Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser vices (OSS) in the U.S. Navy, dur­ing World War II and then grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Mary­land with a de­gree in elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing. He moved with Air­pax Elec­tron­ics from Bal­ti­more to Cam- bridge in 1952. He founded sev­eral com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Cam­bridge Sci­en­tific In­dus­tries (CSI), a maker of elec­tronic cir­cuit boards as well as Cam­bridge Tech­nolo­gies (Camtec), a man­u­fac­turer of in­no­va­tive hospi­tal beds and stretch­ers. Mr. Holdt was rec­og­nized in 1968 as “Small Busi­ness­man of the Year” in the state of Mary­land by Rogers Mor­ton.

Mr. Holdt was an avid in­stru­ment-rated pi­lot, who was a driv­ing force in the de­velop- ment of the Cam­bridge Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port and the Deep­wa­ter Ma­rine Port. He held lead­er­ship po­si­tions in the Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce and was well known as a mem­ber of the leg­endary “Four Horse­men” who helped trans­form the eco­nomic cli­mate of Cam­bridge in the 1960’s by at­tract­ing ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies to the area such as Bum­ble Bee Tuna, Chun King, Western Pub­lish­ing among oth­ers. Th­ese ef­forts helped lower the lo­cal un­em­ploy­ment rate from 25% to 5%.

Mr. Holdt was a life-long en­tre­pre­neur, known for his abil­ity to fix all things me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal. His tal­ents and in­ter­ests ranged from re­pair­ing ra­dios, tele­vi­sions and clocks, to de­sign­ing the sound and light­ing for high school the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions and keep­ing lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions on the air and news­pa­per presses run­ning.

There will be a grave­side me­mo­rial ser­vice at Christ Epis­co­pal Church Ceme­tery (Orem Ad­di­tion) at 601 Church St., Cam­bridge, MD 21613 at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, April 16.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue, 4930 Buck­town Road, Cam­bridge, MD 21613 or to the Coastal Hospice Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 1733, Sal­is­bury, MD 21802.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of the Thomas Fu­neral Home, P.A. in Cam­bridge.

DON­ALD H. HOLDT

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