|Remembering Bill Holden|
Bill Holden, retired UND journalism professor and longtime journalist in Paris, New York and Grand Forks, died Jan. 12 in Valley Elder Care. He was 72.
After graduating from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Holden embarked on a worldwide newspaper career.
Holden was managing editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris and an editor for the European edition of the New York Times, also in Paris. He also worked for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Chicago Tribune and the Des Moines Register. He came to Grand Forks in 1984 to teach journalism at UND, leaving in 1995.
Holden worked at the Herald from May 1997 to August 2002 as night editor, where he was considered invaluable by reporters as an old hand with vast experience.
"Bill was the consummate word editor," said Herald Managing Editor Kevin Grinde. "His gentle way with reporters and their copy always resulted in an improved story. Bill performed his work as a representative of the reader. He put his experience at UND to work in the newsroom teaching the professionals. We all learned something from Bill about the care and feeding of the English language in print."
Holden and his wife, Victoria Holden, and their daughter, Marie, lived in rural Manvel, N.D.
Victoria Holden died in June 2008. She had been on the faculty of the School of Communication since 1991.
Holden's survivors incldue his daughter, Marie, and son, Michael.
Funeral arrangements with Gregory J. Norman Funeral Home are not finalized.