Don Clement Holloway was born on November 3, 1943 to Don Clement Holloway Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Holloway (Main) in Janesville, WI. He grew up in Janesville, graduated from Craig High School where he was class president, played varsity basketball and ran cross country, which would set a precedent for his successes later in life as a leader and avid runner.
Don went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Industrial Engineering. He then became a tenured professor in the Health Policy and Management Department at the University of California, Berkeley where he co-authored a textbook entitled,“Decision Making and Control for Health Administration: The Management of Quantitative Analysis” with Michael Warner.
It was at the Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA where Don met the love of his life Janine Holloway (Flagg) whom he married on August 25, 1979.
In the early eighties, Don went to Portugal through the USAID funded-project to help advance the counties healthcare system. It was in Portugal where he began a lifelong friendship with Joao Urbano. Together they improved Portugal’s healthcare system, by implementing tools that are still in use today.
In 1987, Don Holloway, along with Robert Hertenstein, George Goldberg, and Kelli Dugan founded HPR, Inc., a company that provided an expert computer system for processing medical claims. This revolutionary software company would eventually become acquired by McKesson Corporation.
After leaving HPR Inc, Don worked as a hospital administrator and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Stanford Hospital. It was in 1996 that Don retired to spend more time with his family, and follow his true passion for helping others by volunteering on the Board of the Women’s Recovery Association in San Mateo, CA.
Don, along with his major professor, David Gustafson, developed NIATx, a project to improve access and retention of addiction treatment centers. Don helped to write two publications, "The NIATx model: Process improvement in behavioral health" and “Trends in telemedicine use in addiction treatment."
Don was passionate about trains and his many grandchildren lovingly called him Choo Choo. He would build model trains in his basement, visit museums and model train shows, and he even owned a real caboose in Tilton, NH.
Don is survived by his wife, Janine Holloway, children Theo and Alexa Holloway, Keri and Luke Evans, and Alyssa and Matt McHugh; grandchildren Matthew Evans, Jadon Evans, Charis Evans, Savannah Holloway, Easton Evans, Hannah Grace McHugh, Roman Evans, and Kayson McHugh, his brother William (Bill) Holloway, and numerous other family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his father Don Sr. and mother Mary.
As one of Don’s last contributions to the advancement of healthcare, his body has been donated to science to study and improve in the knowledge of Parkinson's and dementia in hopes of finding a cure.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the following ministries: Finishing Well Ministries: finishingwellministries.org and The Parkinson Voice Project: www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org