Edgar W. Holtz

Edgar W. Holtz, 1943

B.A., Denison University
J.D., University of Cincinnati

Citation awarded May, 1993

Following graduation, Edgar Holtz served in the U.S. Air Force and received the distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two clusters and eight battle stars.

Ed returned to enter law school at the University of Cincinnati, receiving his J.D. degree in 1949 and beginning his practice in that city. He served as assistant dean of the Salmon P. Chase Law School and also as an assistant city solicitor, during which he developed an interest in communications.

When he moved to Washington, D.C., he decided to specialize in communications law and joined the FCC, which had the reputation of being an effective training ground for young lawyers. In 1960, he left the FCC to become a partner at Hogan & Hartson, a major law firm in Washington.

Ed has continued his involvement with Denison throughout his life. He has served as an Alumni Club president, career advisor, member-at-large and campaign worker. He joined Denison’s Board of Trustees in 1974 and was vice chairman of the Sesquicentennial Campaign. He was an active member of the Presidential Search Committee in 1983. He and his wife Abby have opened their homes for Denison events on many occasions. Ed is currently reunion co-chair of the 50th reunion for the class of 1943.

His civic involvements include numerous memberships, especially with the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He served as president of the Federal Communications Bar Association and served as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on “Gavel Awards”. In 1978, he was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Ed is currently chairman of the Society of the Arts and a member of the board of trustees of the Vero Beach Center for the Arts, where the Holtzes maintain their Florida winter home.

Ed is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.