Wayne Holt Wayne Holt in Memory

First post: Aug 25, 2022 Latest post: Nov 3, 2022
Welcome to the Caring Bridge website for Wayne Edward Holt.  Please share your memories of this wonderful man, or just read memories posted already and think of him.  "A man is not dead while his name is still spoken."  Thank you for keeping Wayne alive in memories. 

Wayne was born March 31, 1950 in San Diego.  He lived in many places but settled on Vashon Island.  With generosity of spirit, Wayne loved sharing with others his home, food, wine and experience of being together.

Our beloved Wayne passed peacefully at 9:45 pm August 23, 2022.  He struggled for three weeks to recover from triple bypass surgery but there was no path forward.  He is now at peace and no longer struggling.

Looking Back Over 50 Years - Wayne's own words:

In the last couple of weeks at Whitman, in this order, I finished up classwork and passed my Math major oral exam, went through graduation, and was told by the US Navy that I was washing out from the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program due to the sports injury I experienced in IM Soccer.  I reached out to a couple of graduate programs who were interested in me, but it was way too late to get any kind of monetary support that year, and I retreated to my mom’s place in Arizona. 

For two years, I worked at the IT department for Maricopa County building a Hospital Payroll system, implementing a new voting system, and overhauling the County Recorder’s obsolete method of tracking property taxes while also becoming a young, inexperienced, and unqualified manager in short order – which shows the power of the baccalaureate degree in the 1970s.  And I enrolled in a Master’s program for Industrial Engineering - Operations Research which I slowly picked away at part time but never finished. Great experience, though.

I got an opportunity to shift both location and focus and accepted a position in the Middle East working on a contract for an American ally (well, they were at that time, the mid-1970s)  I returned to the Puget Sound, Gig Harbor to be precise, and I did a one-year project for a very large health-care conglomerate, de-centralizing their computer systems into regional centers.

Then I got a call from my last advisor at Whitman and my mentor.  The Math Department had a project focused on overhauling and consolidating campus computing and would I be interested in a one-year contract to help make that happen?  Thus began my 45-year career in higher education, focused on Student Success.

During what turned into four years the team we assembled did some amazing cutting-edge work in higher education administrative software. Thanks to President Skotheim, I had a thriving consultancy by the time I left Whitman to move on to Union College in Schenectady, NY.  He gave away the Admissions system I built for Whitman in that first year and told me to go “help the recipients and charge them plenty”, which I did.  When I finished my time with Union in the mid-1980s, I was ready to devote myself full-time to being a software vendor in the higher education community.  And I had a new life partner, Phyllis.

My company was located on Vashon Island, and we had a world-wide customer base.  I sold the company in 2001 (but agreed to stay on for “a while”, an imprecise number), it was re-organized in 2006 under a new corporate umbrella, then again in 2012 and finally again in 2021.  I have now retired and passed the baton on to a new generation.

After all the dust settled, the one Student Success product that survived all this change is still being improved and delivered to the community and is the most used product of its kind in the world.