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April 01, 2008

Holden H. Oliver (1968-2008)

WAC? co-writer and third year law student Holden Oliver died in Palo Alto Monday while visiting his girlfriend, an undergraduate student at Stanford University. A Boston native and former reporter for the Kansas City Star, Holden worked many years for the London and Aldeburgh bureaus of the New York Times, and later entered Stanford Law School. Last year, he was elected to an editorial position on the Stanford Law Review. He joined WAC? as a law student in the summer of 2006, when he also worked for Hull McGuire's D.C. office. Death was the result of a kiln explosion in which his companion, a Stanford freshman less than half his age, was not injured. If you wish to help us honor Holden, his irreverent uber-WASP prose style, and his philandering, amoral lifestyle, donations can be made in his name to the Nantucket Preservation Trust, the Cosmos Club or Kelly's Irish Times in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Brooke Powell at April 1, 2008 02:22 PM


Not the dreaded kiln explosion. Again.

Posted by: shg at March 31, 2008 06:52 PM

You had me going there until the part about the "kiln explosion." Then I remembered "Animal House."

Posted by: Ray Ward at March 31, 2008 08:13 PM

This is horrid! I feel so bad for having doubted his existence and speculating that he was of dubious character. Now I will never get the chance to apologise.

Another fine lawyer lost in a senseless kiln tragedy - people: learn! Kilns are for potters with years of training.

An impressive donation has been made to the organisations you have suggested. I shall wear black all day.

Posted by: Geeklawyer at April 1, 2008 01:11 AM

Holden will be missed: his wit, his moxie and the fact he had family money so we didn't really have to pay him all that much.

Posted by: Dan Hull at April 1, 2008 10:14 AM

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