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PLU mourns sudden loss of James
Dr. James Dale Holloway, 40,
an assistant professor of music at PLU and university organist,
was shot to death on campus May 17 by a man who wanted to kill an
innocent person. That such a gentle man could be the victim of such
senseless violence has added to the grief of the many whose lives
he touched with his teaching and his music.
When Holloway played the organ, you
could hear his passion, feel his faith. His music was his worship,
his inspiration, his celebration—and it is now his legacy.
But his family, colleagues, students
and church friends find some solace in the gifts he left behind:
the music he recorded, the songs he wrote and lessons he taught.
He was a renowned performer and eloquent speaker who had won many
“Jim was not simply gifted, he was
a gift,” President Loren J. Anderson said. “When he played, we
all sensed that the music came not from his hands or his head,
but from his heart.”
Holloway was born July 4, 1960, in
Columbus, Ga. He earned a degree in music from Shorter College
in Rome, Ga., and his master’s degree from the University of North
Texas. He completed his doctorate at the University of Washington.
Holloway joined PLU as a part-time
instructor in 1990, when he was minister of music at Trinity Lutheran
Church, and filled in during several sabbatical leaves. An enthusiastic
and dedicated teacher, he was named university organist and full-time
professor last fall after a national search. He reinvigorated
the chapel choir, motivated students and was always looking for
ways to involve more people.
Survivors include his wife, Judith
Carr, dean of special academic programs at PLU, and her five children,
Ben, Mark and Lauren Carr, Dulane Moran and Alexis Ashworth, and
one grandson. To mark his contributions and encourage other music
students, his family established the James Holloway Music Scholarship
Fund at PLU.
To find out more about the James
Holloway Music Scholarship Fund, and to read the address from
the memorial, go to: www.plu.edu/encore.