HOLT, THAD, 1898-1984


Advertising and sales executive; management consultant . Born– September 23, 1898, Sumterville. Parents– LeRoy and Elizabeth Cunningham (Burwell) Holt. Married– Sarah Ames Oliver, February 4, 1928. Children– Two. Education– Colorado College, A.B., 1920. Worked in advertising, 1920; associated with Famous Features Syndicate, New York, 1921; advertising and sales manager, Wofford Oil Company, 1921-1927; director, Alabama Industrial Development Board, 1927-1931; with Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C., during 1931, and successively administrator of Alabama Relief Administration, Federal Relief Administration, Civil Works Administration, Works Projects Administration, and National Youth Administration in Montgomery, 1933-1936; assistant administrator of Works Projects Administration, 1936-1937; with Swann Chemical Company, 1937; president of the television corporation operating WAPI, WAFM, and WAFM-TV, 1937-1953. Also chairman of Metaplate and Coating, Inc., consultant to several companies and television systems, and director of various corporations.  Member of the board of the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Civic Ballet.  A founder of Alabama Public Television.  Died September 24, 1984.


Grove’s Library of Alabama Lives; Who’s Who in America online; Obituary, New York Times, October 1, 1984.


Like It Was; Short Vignettes of Alabama History. S.l.; s.n., 1980.

Old Gainesville, 1832-1875; You Are There, July 4th, 1876. Birmingham, Ala.; s.n., 1955.


Miss Waring’s Journal, 1863-1865. Chicago; Wyvern Press of S.F.E., 1964.