We at SHARP are saddened by the loss of Harry Holz, past member of the SHARP Board of Directors and a member of the SHARP Literacy Advisory Board. A very special friend, Harry passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the age of 84. Harry played a critical role in forming SHARP as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity and championed our founder, Marlene Doerr Kreilkamp as she built SHARP’s vision and mission.
Harry, his wife Nancy and Marlene were friends long before SHARP’s founding and she recalled Harry as a wonderful, careful listener who always gave good advice. During those early times, they met weekly at the Pfister for coffee, and Harry insisted on doing all the legal work himself with Mike Levey. “He was like my angel – or a big brother. He was my ‘go-to guy’ and I could count on him through thick and thin,” Marlene shared.
SHARP President & CEO Lynda Kohler related, “Harry was a founding SHARP board member, parliamentarian, corporate secretary, and most of all, cherished counselor and true friend. Harry welcomed me with a kind soul and big heart.”
Longtime board member Jan Lennon shared, “We settled so many ‘world issues’ and had so much fun trading stories about the Old Guard over the years. Harry was uniquely and irreplaceably Harry. It was a gift to be his friend.”
Harry was a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, receiving his B.S. and J. D. from Marquette University. He earned his L.L.M. degree from Northwestern University and became a lifetime member of both the Wisconsin and Illinois Bar Associations. After a short stint working in Chicago, Harry returned to Milwaukee to practice law at Quarles & Brady where he remained until his retirement.
“Harry was one of the kindest men I have known and was always there to answer any questions. It was always reassuring to hear his melodious voice and see his sweet smile at our board meetings,” recalled Andrea Schloemer, SHARP Board member.
Harry was happily married to Nancy Lee (Heiser) Holz for 54 years and together they had three children and six grandchildren. In addition to his service with SHARP, Harry loved to teach and was involved with his church. He was an avid reader, rose gardener and tennis player. In his retirement, he and Nancy enjoyed golfing and visiting their grandchildren.
“Harry was a unique, treasured person. He had a sharp lawyerly mind backed by a heart of gold. Our city, our organization, and I are less without him,” said Doug Erlacher, SHARP Board member.