Condolence & Memory Journal

Wayne was a towering figure in psychology on the UT campus and the world stage. He was all about building community and bringing psychologists together so that they could support one another's work. My first encounter with him was in the mid 1970's when he gathered psychologists from all over the UT campus (e.g., Departments of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Sociology, and Human Ecology) and invited them for a boat cruise on Lake Austin. As you can imagine, this required a large boat. Wayne considered the investment well worth it. He continued to make investments in facilitating the work of his psychology colleagues during subsequent years while he was the President of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Wayne's interest in building community extended to the world stage. He had extensive and long term relationships with psychologists in Mexico and hosted them in his home in Lakeway. He was also very active in the International Congress of Psychology. I remember being with him at an ICP conference in Beijing in 2004 and being impressed with how respectfully he was treated by a delegation of Chinese scientists who insisted on having him visit laboratories and meed other Chinese dignitaries. He and Jo Jo were always very welcoming and generous to me and my wife, Deborah Stote. Wayne's commitment to building community among psychologists will endure through the lives he touched and the endowments that he helped establish to support faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas.

Posted by Michael Domjan - Austin, TX - Coworker   February 13, 2019

Wayne was a wonderful man, scholar, and colleague to many of us. He assisted us greatly with funding efforts for The Austin Project in the late 90's through the Hogg Foundation. Wayne was kind and thoughtful when my late psychologist husband Clarke passed away almost 10 years age, who valued both him personally and professionally as a colleague in the UT psychology department.
We will miss him from our lives and treasure all that it did in the field of psychology and administration ,

Posted by Joan Burnham - Austin, TX - friend   February 02, 2019

Posted by Joan Burnham - Austin, TX   February 02, 2019

Posted by Joan Burnham - austin, TX   February 02, 2019

Wayne Holtzman was one of the most competent men I have ever known. He influenced the lives of many people in a positive way during his lifetime. He will be missed.

Posted by Jon Swartz - Austin, TX - Friend   February 02, 2019

Thank you Dr. Holtzman and the Hogg Foundation for your commitment to culturally competent workforce development for mental health treatment and research.

Posted by Susan Millea - Austin, TX   February 02, 2019

Dear Jamie and Holtzman Family,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. As you know, for a short time many years ago, I served as a tax advisor to your dad. He was always friendly, thoughtful and appreciative. As I think of him now, it is with great admiration and fondness. He was a true gentleman and a scholarGod Bless.

Posted by August Petersen - AUSTIN, TX - Family Friend   February 02, 2019

So very grateful for our Papa! He leaves behind a family that is overwhelmingly grateful for his life, love and legacy.

Posted by Matt Holtzman - COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Grandchild   January 31, 2019

So sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Holtzman. I have the utmost respect for him and the leadership he brought to the Foundation. Always a man of professional integrity and an inspiration to many. So glad I had the pleasure of working with him and getting to know you JoJo. My deepest sympathy to your family. Sending prayers and love,

Posted by Maria Bumpass - Austin, TX   January 31, 2019

Sarajane and I will always remember Wayne as a happy, caring person and one who was so dedicated to his family and the ASO. We keep his family in our thoughts.

Posted by Peter Bay - Austin, TX - Friend   January 30, 2019

I want to express my sympathy, hoping memories of your family gatherings will bring smiles to all as you share with each other. Peace be with you, Synthia Hutchens

Posted by Synthia Hutchens - Round Rock, TX - Family Friend   January 29, 2019

Dearest JoJo, Jamie and entire family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. Wayne was a rare person, inspiration to so many, and fun to be around. He will be sorely missed by so many. Holly and Jonathan Decherd

Posted by Holly Decherd - GEORGETOWN, TX - Family Friend   January 29, 2019

So sorry to hear of Dr. Holtzman's passing. He accomplished so much in his lifetime. Prayers for the whole family.

Ray Brown

Posted by Ray brown - Colleyville, TX   January 28, 2019

I so much enjoyed working with Wayne as a board member for The Austin Project. I knew him as a man who held no prejudice, who listened intently to the opinion of others, who was encouraging, endearing, and, thoughtful. Cheers to a great man and prayers to his family for their loss.

Posted by John Miller - Austin, TX - Friend   January 28, 2019

Dr. Holtzman played a strong role in shaping the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in his many years at the helm. His focus on rigor and learning from scholars across the globe shaped a broad perspective that in turn broadened Texas' view on improving mental wellbeing in communities across the state. His influence will live on for many years. My heartfelt sympathy to his family for this great loss.

Posted by Lynda Frost - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 27, 2019

There are no words that can truly capture the contributions which Wayne and Joan made to bi-national academic collaboration in Psychology between Mexico and the U.S. or to those leading to the development of Latina(o) Psychology.
Dr. Holtzman will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Manuel and Susanne Ramirez - Austin, TX - Family Friend   January 26, 2019

Dr. Holtzman was a wonderful husband, father and friend!

I still remember the Halloween party his oldest son Wayne had when we were younger. Dr. Holtzman played the part of Frankenstein, taking great pride in his terrifying performance in the Holtzman Haunted House.

Joan accompanied him, playing spooky music on the piano and assuring us with her beautiful smile that all was well!

Posted by Charlotte Dalbey - Austin, TX - friend   January 25, 2019