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Malcolm C Holtje

October 11, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

HOLTJE, Malcolm C., of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Sanibel, FL and Concord, MA, passed away on October 10, 2016, at Shell Point Pavilion, at the age of 91 years.

Son of the late Edward Holtje and Helen (Dallery) Holtje, Mac was born on October 3, 1925, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. At an early age he realized what he wanted to do as a career, and followed his interests to become an electrical engineer. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mac's college career was interrupted by a brief period during World War II, when he joined the Navy and served as an Electronic Technician Mate in Washington, DC. At this time he met his wife, Dora Finch, who was also in the Navy. Mac and Dora were married in 1948, and spent 55 years of a loving marriage together.

Mac finished schooling with help from the GI Bill, and by working as a co-op student at a Cambridge company called General Radio. For the next 45 years, this company, later called GenRad, was Mac's sole employer. He spent a rewarding career creating innovative solutions for the design and production of electronic equipment, and held 6 patents.

In 1969, Mac returned to MIT and studied the field of semi-conductors, earning an advanced Engineer's degree. When he returned to work, he designed and managed GenRad's new state-of-the-art microelectronic manufacturing facility in Bolton, MA.

Mac enjoyed the challenge of solving problems, whether at work or making home repairs. He creatively applied his engineering knowledge to adjust light fixtures, clothes dryers, and even to tune the piano. At Christmas, the Holtje family used a Variac to dim the Christmas tree lights!

In 1993, after Mac's retirement, he and Dora moved to Sanibel, FL. After Dora's death, Mac remarried in 2004 to Nan Sprague and led an active retirement life. He enjoyed volunteering at a nursing home, singing with the Sanibel Chorus, chairing the Loggerhead Condo Association, photographing birds, visiting with family at the summer house in Wolfeboro, NH, and continuing his tradition of making Sunday morning omelets.

Mac's positive outlook and sense of humor never faltered, and were an inspiration to all who loved him.

As well as his wife, he is survived by 5 children: Bruce Holtje and wife Kathy of Burlington, WV; Ellen (Holtje) Young and husband Greg of Gales Ferry, CT; Karen (Holtje) Zdrowski and husband Chet of Fair Oaks, CA; Nancy Holtje and husband Tom Hageman of Lexington, MA; and Joanne Holtje and husband Darrell Probst of Belchertown, MA. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service in NH will be planned at a later date. The family would like to thank Shell Point Pavilion and Hope Hospice for their support and care during Mac's final weeks.



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