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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Art Holmes (W1RZF)

October 5, 2012

Mr. Holmes was born in Natick, a son of the late Arthur W. and Nellie (Reid) Holmes, and had lived in Mendon for 25 years. A graduate of Northeastern University, where he was in ROTC, he served briefly on active duty with the Army in Fort Monmouth, NJ. He worked in engineering management at IBM from 1960 to 1986 and then at Data General until retiring in 1991. While at IBM in Hudson Valley, NY in the 1970s, he developed the computer micro-chip. He was an avid ham radio operator W1RZF since he was a teenager, as was his father, and whose call he adopted. He was a member of ARRL and many other ham radio associations. Very active in Mendon town government, he had served on the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Nipmuc School Building Committee, and as Town Moderator. He was also active in the United Parish of Upton and enjoyed playing bridge at the Mendon Senior Center.

Contributed by: Alberto L. Rodriguez (KA2UUP)

Art was a real gentleman and certainly an expert in many facets of ham radio, especially VHF and UHF. He will be missed by many who were active in the VHF/UHF bands.

Contributed by: Dick Bean (K1HC)

Contributed by: Mike (N2MG)

Mr. Holmes was one of our neighbors in Mendon. I appreciated his callback after I contacted him to get some advice on putting up my short tower. I also sawhim a few times in the neighbood restaurants on Friday evenings. His involvement in twon government was invaluable. Every time I passed by his house I would look to where his VHF antennas were pointing. Sadly, those are now retracted. Rest in peace!

Contributed by: Alberto L. Rodriguez (KA2UUP)

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