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Robert Franklin Holz

March 10, 2020

Dr. Robert Franklin Holz of Belhaven, N.C., departed this life on March 10, 2020, following surgical complications. Born in Brooklyn, NY on January 30, 1941, to Nathan and Sofie Weinsaft Holz, he attended Forest Hills High School, Queens College, and received his PHD from Boston University.  He was a professor at American University and Boston University prior to accepting a position with Department of Defense. He proudly spent 30 years with Department of the Army, with his last position being the Acting Director for Personnel Technologies in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Pentagon. He loved his friends, his family, and his life. He traveled the world but found his home in the small coastal town of Belhaven, NC where he and his wife owned and operated the Thistle Dew B & B.

Predeceased by his parents, his sister Rose Holz Senft, and his favorite aunt Lottie Fischel, he is survived by his wife of over 30 years Patricia Barnhill Holz and his children, son Jared M. Holz, daughter Rachel E. (Brad) Johnson, and stepson’s Christian K. (Michelle) Barnhill and Patrick E. Barnhill.  Also surviving Dr. Holz are his two cherished grandchildren- Alexander Robert Holz and Elizabeth Mariella Holz.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be a celebration of his life later this summer.  Please express condolences to the family via the online register at  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.