Dr. Edward Holcomb, father of a Darien resident, died Sunday, Feb. 12, in Charleston, S.C. He was 92.
Dr. Holcomb was born May 11, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Cornell University in 1939 and Cornell Medical School in 1943. During World War II he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, 63rd Field Hospital. In 1947 he married Nancy May Eggleston. They were married for 61 years.
Dr. Holcomb moved to Gloversville, N.Y., where he practiced medicine for more than 48 years. He was chief of medicine and chief of staff during his tenure at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.
Dr. Holcomb was an avid sailor and former member of the Mayfield, N.Y., and Charleston, S.C., yacht clubs. At he time of his death, he was the oldest active fencer with the United States Fencing Association. Dr. Holcomb was a former captain of the Cornell University fencing team and recently served as a volunteer coach with the East of the Cooper Fencing Program
“He was a kind, intelligent, generous man of integrity, wit and wisdom — a true gentleman,” his family said. “He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
Dr. Holcomb is survived by his sons, Cary Holcomb of Darien, and his wife Heather; and RIchard Holcomb, and his wife Jacquie, of Christchurch, New Zealand; and grandchildren Taylor and Ben Holcomb of Darien.