Caron Chung, Executive Director of the AFJ said, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our devoted friend of Jamaica and Board Member, Gloria Holden. Gloria has served as a Board Member of the AFJ for over 35 years and we are thankful for her outstanding friendship, guidance and wisdom. She will be greatly missed by the AFJ and communities in Jamaica. Gloria Holden continuously upheld the AFJ values of caring, commitment and excellence. We are especially thankful for the passion she carried in her heart for the AFJ and her love for Jamaica.”
Gloria Holden graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950.
Her career began as an elementary school teacher where she taught from 1950 to 1954. Throughout her life Gloria has maintained a deep dedication to education and youth-oriented initiatives. She has served on the Board of Trustees for American Human, Inc., the Board of Directors for the Center for Excellence in Education, and has participated in the Les Amies Children’s Charity and in WAIF, Inc. She was active in numerous civic, cultural, and educational initiatives. She was President of the Glen Holden Foundation and an Emerita board member of Scripps College.
She was also a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and had volunteered in several capacities with the organization. Gloria is survived by her husband Ambassador Glen Holden, three grown children, Glen Jr., Georgianne, and Geannie, and eight grandchildren.