Glen Holman Memorial
Dedication of Glen Holman Memorial
Recently the Delavan-Darien FFA Alumni wanted to honor the late Glen Holman and his accomplishments as the founder of the DD-FFA as we know it today. They purchased a placate and had the Landscape Management class design and construct a memorial in front of the football stadium where the stairs lead to the entrance. On Monday June 9th of 2003 during the monthly school board meeting they had the official dedication of this memorial, people in attendance were FFA Alumni members, Mrs. Holman, Mr. and Mrs. Duesterbeck and family and members of the school board.
Biography of Glen Holman
Glen Holman was born in Linden, WI. He graduated from the Rewey High School and attended Platteville State Teachers College for one year before declining an agricultural military deferment. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the European Theater. After returning to Platteville, he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education and biological science. Attending summer school and evening classes, he then received a Master's Degree in 1968. In 1948, Glen accepted a teaching position at the Seneca Union Free High School for $3,400. He taught vocational agriculture and biology and served as a veteran trainer. After nine years at Seneca, he accepted the challenge from Delavan-Darien High School to develop a vocational agriculture department in their not-yet-constructed high school.
While teaching at DDIIS, he was granted a two-year leave of absence (1969-71) to serve with a UW-Madison five-man team sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development as a soils specialist at the University of Nigeria in West Africa. Returning to DDHS, he was recognized at the state and national level, receiving 51 awards as an instructor, and numerous awards for his well-coached judging teams. He was very active in the WAVAI, serving as president in 1965-66. In 1984, he won two major awards - Outstanding WI Vo-Ag Teacher and Outstaning National Vo-Ag
Instructor. In 1976, Glen was selected by WI Partners Organization as a team member to study agricultural schools in Nicaragua, visiting various schools throughout the country. When post-polio syndrome symptoms surfaced as a result of contracting polio at age 6, he took early retirement in 1987.
Glen was active in the Delavan Lions Club, American Legion, Delavan United Methodist Church and the Delavan Park and Recreation Committee. Glen and his wife Lorena were married for 48 years before his death on December 30, 2000. They have six children: Catherine, Roger, Mark, Lee, Todd, and Dennis, and 18 grandchildren.