The Passing of Bertha “B” Holt

Photo by Judith Siviglia


Long-time members of the Raleigh Report network will grieve with me the passing this week of Bertha “B.” Holt. From 1975 to 1994, B. represented Alamance County in the state House of Representatives. The Council recognized her service by presenting her with our Faith Active in Public Life Award in 1987, the second year it was given. An attorney, she was a tireless advocate for women’s issues and for a host of other matters of justice and peace. For the past five years, she has served with distinction on the Council’s Governing Board, representing the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. We were with her last month at our 75th Anniversary celebration, and she was in fine fettle at the age of 93. Her death followed a stroke last Sunday.

Memorials to B. may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter (320 East Davis St., Burlington, NC 27215) or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

I invite you to join me in prayers of thanksgiving for B. and for the impact she has had on our state and on the Council. We shall miss her!

Read more about B. from the Raleigh News & Observer.

-George Reed

Chris Liu-Beers, Former Program Associate Chris Liu-Beers, Former Program Associate

Chris worked on immigrant rights, farmworker justice, sustainability, worship resources, and the Council's website. He left the Council in 2014 to run Tomatillo Design, a company that builds affordable websites for nonprofits.

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