Law school mourns loss of founding faculty member Tom Holdych

Tom Holdych(April 28, 2011) Professor Emeritus Tom Holdych, a founding faculty member at the law school, died of ALS on Easter Sunday, April 24. He taught the very first class at the law school on Sept. 5, 1972, and he helped shape the law school into what it is today.

Professor Holdych taught thousands of students in contracts and commercial law. He was a beloved teacher, often cited by alumni as their most memorable professor, and a cherished faculty member. He loved teaching and was both "feared and adored" for his rigorous demands. He served as faculty advisor for the Christian Legal Society and delighted in serving on the oversight committee for the Union Gospel Mission Open Door Legal Services.

Surviving family include his wife, Carolyn, son Stephen (Laura) and grandsons Nate, Cameron, Ryan, and Luke; son David (Tien-Li) and grandson Micah; and sister Robbyn (Neil) Van Vleet.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Harbor Covenant Church, 5601 Gustafson Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA. Remembrances can be made to the Harbor Covenant Church Building or to the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association, Kent, WA.

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