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 7, 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 Masters 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 & 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 7:30 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.