Ms. Dorothy Setchel Holman

Ms. Dorothy Setchel Holman


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Dorothy Setchel Holman. Dorothy was born in Cuba, N.Y., to Helen Ackerly and Hayden Merritt Setchel on November 28, 1919. She died after a short illness on March 5, 2015 at 95 years of age.

With the highest score on the Regent’s Board exams in the state of New York, Dorothy won a scholarship to Barnard College in New York City where she majored in physics. Upon graduation in 1941, she began an illustrious career with Time, Inc., where she served as the assistant to the executive vice president, editorial researcher, writer, editor, and, ultimately, director of public relations for Time, Inc., based in Los Angeles.

In 1956, she married William (Bill) W. Holman, a fellow Time, Inc. executive. A few years later, in his late 40s, Bill returned to college, ultimately earning a Master’s of Divinity degree from Yale University. Bill and Dorothy served two United Methodist churches in Derby, Conn., and Tarrytown, N.Y., before he joined the faculty at Yale. Dorothy and Bill retired to Baddeck, Nova Scotia, where they had a summer home, and eventually, split their time between Baddeck and Jekyll Island.

After Bill’s death in 1994, Dorothy lived year-round in Jekyll Island, Georgia before moving to The Pines at Davidson in 2003 to be close to her daughter. There, she was a member of Davidson United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded by her son, Gerry Goodgion; daughter, Ann Goodgion; son, Bill Holman; daughter, Peggy Ross; son, John Holman; and brothers, Bill Setchel and Merritt Setchel. Left to cherish the memories of this remarkable woman are her daughter, Jeanne Holman Thomsen; son, Scott Holman; daughter-in-law, Laurel (Mike) Goodgion; son-in-law, Guy Ross; daughter-in-law, Wendy Hyatt; brother, John Setchel; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers and per Dorothy’s request, donations in her memory can be made to Second Harvest Food Bank (500 Spratt Street, #B, Charlotte, NC 28206) or Catawba Regional Hospice (3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658), and will be greatly appreciated by her family.

A memorial service in Stamford, Connecticut, will be held at a later date.