In Memoriam - Dr. Daniel T. "Danny" Holt (June 14, 2022)

The College of Business family is saddened by the loss of former Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Daniel T. "Danny" Holt, Lt Colonel (R) USAF, who passed away on June 14, 2022. He was 55.

Dr. Holt earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Louisville prior to serving for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force as an active-duty officer, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal. After earning a PhD in Management from Auburn University, he taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

He began his civilian career at Mississippi State University where he served in the Department of Management & Information Systems from 2010-2019. He later served at Louisiana State University before ultimately returning to his alma mater in August 2021 as Associate Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Graduate Programs, Management & Entrepreneurship. Dr. Holt was an active researcher whose work appeared in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and presentations and have over 7,100 citations, specifically in the areas of entrepreneurship, family business and organizational change.

He is survived by his wife Kelly, sisters Margaret (Mac) Duncan, Alexia (Bryan) Sheroan, and Kim (Brian) Bennett, and eight nephews. 

There will be a celebration of life Mass on Saturday, July 9th at 2 p.m. at St. Joesph's Catholic Church, 607 University Drive in Starkville. All are invited and welcomed to join in on celebrating our friend and former colleague, Dr. Danny Holt. Following the mass, there will be a remembrance gathering in the McCool Hall Atrium from 4-6 p.m. 

Additionally, Dr. Frank Adams arranged for the MSU Foundation to dedicate one of the young trees on the Drill Field in front of McCool Hall to Danny's memory. At Kelly Atwood Holt's request, it will feature a memorial plaque identifying the tree type, Danny's name, and a comment that it has been donated by "His MSU Colleagues and Friends." The donation for the memorial totals $2,500, which includes the plaque, the tree, and all future maintenance. If you would like to donate any amount of money for the memorial tree, the information is below. 

Donations and inquiries should be directed to Mary Beth Baldwin of the MSU Foundation via email, or phone (662) 325-6770. She can process credit cards, electronic transfers or checks, and will keep track of the totals for us. Checks should include "Daniel T. Holt Memorial" in the memo line. Please also make sure to notify Mary Beth of any donations made electronically. If you decide to mail a contribution, please send to: 

Attn: Mary Beth Baldwin

Re: Daniel T. Holt Memorial

P.O. Box 6149

Mississippi State, MS 39762