Life Trustee Gloria Holden passed away on December 24, 2019, at the age of 91.
Gloria joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1980 and became an Emerita Trustee in 2004. As a Trustee, she was a generous supporter of the College, providing valuable leadership on many essential enterprises, including the much-needed restoration of Scripps’ residence halls in the early 1980s, the creation of the Holden Maintenance Endowment, and construction of the Malott Commons’ Gloria McClintock Holden Court.
Gloria earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oregon in 1950 and enjoyed a brief career as an elementary school teacher. She had a lifelong interest in education and a strong commitment to community service, which eventually led to her family’s establishment of the Gloria McClintock Holden Scholarship at Scripps College in honor of her transition to emerita status. In 1996, Gloria was honored with the Ellen Browning Scripps Association Award for her outstanding service to the College.
In addition to her role on the Scripps College Board, Gloria served on the boards of numerous other organizations, including The Music Center in Los Angeles, the Preschool Learning Center of the Assistance League of Southern California, The League for Children, Pepperdine University, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also served as president of the Glen Holden Foundation.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Ambassador Glen A. Holden, their three children, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.