Robert E Holzman

April 12, 1935June 9, 2020

Robert E Holzman was born on April 12, 1935 and passed away on June 9, 2020 and is under the care of El Camino Memorial - Encinitas.

You may leave a message for the family by clicking here.


Robert E Holzman

have a memory or condolence to add?

Steve Goldman

March 17, 2021

Dear Patric

Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was my boss and my teacher. He was indeed a gentleman and a scholar.

Steve g.

Paul Newell

January 28, 2021


I just got the news of Bob's passing this summer and wanted to offer my belated sympathy and prayers. Along the lines of what David Em said, Bob was one of the people who had the biggest impact on my professional life. Allowing me to do my thesis film for an MFA at UCLA on the late evening / early morning shift was incredibly generous of him. That sort of hardware was rarely available to Film and TV graduate students. Afterwards, Bob getting me a teaching job at West Coast and both of you allowing me to stay at your house in Altadena when I flew down from Bay Area helped to get me back to Los Angeles and hired at Robert Abel's and Associates. The kindness both of you has always been a great memory for me.

I am thankful to have known him

My love to you,

John Dundas

January 24, 2021

We laughed, a lot: he loved a well crafted joke or limerick. He embraced the unknown and inexperienced: how could he have possibly have known what the potential was for this obscure, underdeveloped area of computing? We saw the world: we visited parts of the US and Europe that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise. I had the chance to meet his brother and enjoy his family. He was a friend when I needed one and a boss when that was what was needed. Most importantly, he gave me the chance, encouragement, and environment to succeed. He didn't ask for too much, only my best effort. Along the way, I picked up some of his habits or sayings so completely that I no longer know which were his and which were mine. Parts of John V3.0 are modeled after him.

Those of us fortunate enough to have been part of Bob's life carry a little bit of him with us and reflect that on those who never met him. The world is a little better place for his having been here. Rocky and Sooty regain their best playmate forever. Thank you, for all you did and accomplished. Rest peacefully, Bob.

Tonja Cooper

January 21, 2021


I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. My deepest condolences on your loss. This is such an exceptionally difficult time to lose someone you love. Bob was a wonderful, intelligent, cultured, and kind man. He was one of Barry's most favorite people. He is in the minds and hearts of so many as he touched so many lives.

Douglas Dodds

January 20, 2021

I'm really sorry to hear this Patric. I've got some wonderful memories of visiting you both and talking to Bob about your digital art collection and his impressive work at JPL. I'm really glad that some of his early computer graphics are now in the V&A collection, thanks to you!
love, Doug

Eric Taylor

January 18, 2021

Bob was great to me. I was working for someone else but using Bob's lab when I was sitting there and happened to mention how they could save memory if they did such and such. Bob looked at me and said, “We should hire you”. And that moment was probably the biggest change in my life.

And Bob had a great way with words. When I was wondering if I should change sections to come work for him, his recruitment line was, “If you work making bombs, you should work in a bomb factory”. And that was it, I was hooked.

I loved the parties up above Altadena at the end of that winding road and when Patric would greet me. I was so happy with Bob's choice of a mate.

And while most of us knew Bob in his role as a manager, I loved some of his stories. My favorite was the time one of the early spacecrafts was about do do some maneuver and someone discovered there might be a sensor that could produce a value that was too large and everyone was on pins and needles waiting to see if the craft survived. When it just went about its business as usual, Bob explained, “Yeah, I had thought of that and so my code simply said if the value was too big, just divide by 10” and everyone could breathe again.

That's some of what I remember about Bob.

Love to you Patric!

e miya

January 18, 2021

Bob was one of the great unsung JPL/NASA people who will never have a book or article written about them. Bob was one of the people who got me into my career to modernize computing in NASA. Bob's favorite comment was: "Floating-point was the greatest mistake in computer science."

Bob introduced me to Julian Gomez, Jim Blinn (very influential to own graphics interests), Dave Rose, Chuck Lawson (I do have a photo), Van Snyder, Fred Kreough, Ivan Sutherland, Ed Ng (also have a photo), and a lot others.

Sorry, I retain no photos of Bob. I wish I had. But there were a lot of other men and women in Section 366 I wish I had photos to share.

David Em

January 17, 2021

Bob was one of the few people I've known who changed the course of my life.

Much love to you Patric, and to the family.

Van Snyder

January 17, 2021

Bob started my career at JPL by shopping my resume around. Then he recruited me to teach at West Coast University. I shall be forever grateful.

Sylvie Rueff

January 16, 2021

Patric, I am saddened to learn that Bob has died. There was never a better mentor, boss, or friend. Knowing him and having his help certainly changed my life. I learned so vey much from him - most of all how to be the best I could be. He was a genius among geniuses. I will carry his spirit with me.

A warm hug for you, Patric, dear friend. May the love you shared be a comfort to you always.

Love to you.