Resolution J695-2013

Mourning the death of Dennis Holt, reporter, author and devoted member of his community



  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of Dennis Holt, reporter,
author and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Dennis Holt died on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the age of 77;
  WHEREAS, Dennis Holt was born December 7, 1934,  in  Wichita,  Kansas,
moving  around  the  country with his family several times while growing
up, first to Indiana and finally Alabama; and
  WHEREAS, While an undergraduate student leader at  the  University  of
Alabama  in  the  1950s,  he  was  active  in the fight to integrate the
university; and
  WHEREAS, After Dennis Holt married, he and his new  bride  Susan  Holt
moved from Manhattan to Boerum Hill in 1971; and
  WHEREAS,  At  the  time, Dennis Holt was a public affairs executive in
New York for Union Carbide,  the  same  company  for  which  his  father
worked; and
  WHEREAS,  When  Union  Carbide  moved to Connecticut in the mid-1980s,
Dennis Holt tried commuting, but decided to leave the  company  after  a
year; in the meantime, he had become active in his community, serving as
president of the Boerum Hill Association in 1974; and
  WHEREAS,  After leaving Union Carbide, Dennis Holt held several short-
term public relations assignments; and
  WHEREAS, Michael Armstrong, publisher of the Brooklyn Phoenix  newspa-
per in the 1980s, eventually offered Dennis Holt a position as a writer,
then  as a features editor; he would go to work for the newspaper on and
off for a period of six months or a year; and
  WHEREAS, Dennis Holt distinguished himself in his  profession  and  by
his  sincere  dedication  and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, As features editor, Dennis Holt orchestrated the arts  cover-
age,  covering  the  Brooklyn  Museum,  BAM  and other institutions, and
winning the publication 20 to 30 awards; and
  WHEREAS, From 1989 to 1993, Dennis Holt served as chief of  staff  for
Representative Steve Solarz; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1994,  Dennis  Holt  went to work for the Brooklyn Daily
Bulletin, which later merged with the revived Brooklyn Eagle; at  first,
his  role  was  that  of  a  reporter, but after several years, while he
continued to write stories,  he  began  to  focus  increasingly  on  his
"Brooklyn Broadside" column; and
  WHEREAS,  The  "Brooklyn Broadside" column tackled local, national and
state issues, occasionally mixed  with  personal  reminiscences;  Dennis
Holt  was  deeply interested in the planning and development of what was
called the Brooklyn Renaissance, but that ultimately was dubbed "the new
Brooklyn"; and
  WHEREAS, Dennis Holt's commitment to excellence,  and  his  spirit  of
humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including charita-
ble and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Dennis Holt is survived by his wife, Susan; his son, Matthew
Holt; his daughter, Deborah Taylor; and two grandsons, Graham and  Coop-
er; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Dennis Holt leaves behind a legacy which  will  long  endure

the  passage  of  time  and will remain as a comforting memory to all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Dennis Holt, longtime civic  activist,  reporter  and
author; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dennis Holt.


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