Bar News - September 21, 2016
In Memoriam: John M. Holton Jr., Boscawen
John Holton Jr.
John M. Holton Jr. passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Boscawen. He was 100 years old. Holton, a native Philadelphian, began vacationing with his family at Lake Sunapee when he was four months old. His grandmother arrived at the Granliden Hotel when guests arrived by coach, and the Holton tradition of skiing and summering at Sunapee continued until Holton moved to New London in 1973.
Holton was raised in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia and attended Chestnut Hill Academy where he was a four-sport varsity athlete, excelling in tennis and baseball. He went on to Princeton University where he played varsity baseball and was a member of the Cap and Gown Club.
Holton received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he resigned his law practice and enlisted in the US Navy. He trained at the War College at Dartmouth and was assigned to Naval Intelligence, later volunteering for sea duty.
Consequently, he was Executive Officer aboard LST 510, which participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy. He served on active duty from 1941 to 1945 retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He continued in the US Naval Reserve until 1955.
Holton practiced law in Philadelphia before moving to New London. He was a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, American Bar Association, New London Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association.
An earnest gardener, Holton would annually plan his garden designs with sketches in Latin. He also played tennis throughout his life. He was a member of the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club, Coral Beach Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club and Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He was also a member of American Legion Post #40 and Past Commander of the Military Order of World Wars.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Michele, his daughter, Alexandra Holton-Hill (Garry), and other relatives. His son, John M., III predeceased him in 2013.