Gerald Herbert Holtom

Gerald Herbert Holtom

Birth
Erpingham, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Death 18 Sep 1985 (aged 71)
City of Canterbury, Kent, England
Burial Hythe, Shepway District, Kent, England
Plot EB 150 Buried 24 Sep 1985 Consecrated
Memorial ID 75176196 · View Source
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A popular explanation of the PEACE symbol is that Gerald Herbert Holtom (1914-1985) created this symbol on February 21, 1958. At that time Holtom worked with the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War. Holtom was a dedicated peacemaker & graduate of the Royal College of Arts. During World War II he worked on a farm in England as a conscientious objector. The BBC quoted Holtom, "I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards & downwards in the manner of Goya's peasant before the firing squad." ~ For details & history of the PEACE symbol he designed, see http://www.teachpeace.com/peacesymbolhistory.htm

Quote of Tim Holtom (nephew of Gerald Holtom in a letter to author Ken Kolsbun, June 2006) ~
"He was a man ahead of his time; one moment, a manic radical genius, the next a magnanimous, charming & genial host & entertainer, & then sometimes, when bogged down by pessimists, his dark brooding side would intervene & ensuing intermittent explosions of roaring rhetoric could be heard reverberating throughout the house like a crescendonous Beethovenesque clamor. …Despite all the disappointments in his life, however, Gerald never let things crush his spirit… he was always full of resolve & injected considerable passion into the numerous & diverse projects he devised, even when many people around him were skeptical as to their feasibility."


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  • Created by: JohnRobert Mauney
  • Added: 19 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 75176196
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Herbert Holtom (20 Jan 1914–18 Sep 1985), Find a Grave Memorial no. 75176196, citing Spring Lane Cemetery, Hythe, Shepway District, Kent, England ; Maintained by JohnRobert Mauney (contributor 47310410) .