Louis Vincent Holroyd

COLUMBIA — Louis Vincent Holroyd of Columbia died Friday, March 11, 2011. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 22, 1925, in Vancouver to Ernest George Holroyd and Lalita Eva.

He married Helene Marie LaBerge on May 20, 1950.

Mr. Holroyd attended St. Pat’s Catholic School in Vancouver. His favorite subjects were science and choir.

In 1944, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. He served as a second lieutenant in the Canadian Army Signal Corps during his university years.

He entered graduate school to study solid-state physics at Notre Dame University and completed his doctorate in the spring of 1950. Afterward, Mr. Holroyd and his wife moved to Columbia, where he became an assistant professor of physics at MU.

Mr. Holroyd taught the fundamentals of physics for 38 years and co-wrote a lab manual for the department. He also spent 12 years as the department's chairman, and started a summer program for high school teachers in order to help improve science education. Later on, he helped form MU's environmental health and safety department and served as manager of hazardous materials.

With an insatiable curiosity in the world around him, Mr. Holroyd valued travel and lifelong learning. An avid reader, he volunteered at book sales for the Friends of the Columbia Public Library. He also grew roses and orchids with his daughter and granddaughter and was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church community for 60 years.

Mr. Holroyd is survived by four children, Barbara Jane Giles of Columbia, John Edward Holroyd of Portland, Ore., George Walter Holroyd of Bend, Ore., and Suzanne Marie Holroyd of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Darcey Lynn Shumacher of Kansas City, Andrea Kay Rice and Katherine Sue Ross of Columbia and Simone Marie Francis of Washington D.C.; and two great-grandchildren.

His wife, two brothers, Lawrence and Francis Holroyd, died earlier.

A wake will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St., starting with a short prayer service.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday.

Donations may be sent to the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.

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