The Fayetteville Public Schools lost a long-time colleague and devoted supporter of public education with the passing of Henrietta Holcomb on May 1.
From 1947 to 1986 Mrs. Holcomb was an educator in Arkansas public schools. She graduated from Springdale High School in 1938 and received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1942 and her M.S. in Education in 1951. She also took post-graduate courses at the University of Illinois, American University, and the University of Arkansas.
She served as an elementary teacher for fifteen years, teaching at Bates and Leverett Elementary Schools. She served as principal at Leverett for two years before being promoted to the district administration. She served two years as Coordinator of Elementary Schools and fifteen years as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Personnel before her retirement.
During her tenure as assistant superintendent she helped lead the state-wide movement to establish kindergarten in Arkansas public schools. The Arkansas General Assembly voted in 1969 to require all Arkansas public schools to offer at least half-day kindergarten.
The Fayetteville School District opened Holcomb Elementary School in 1995, and the Fayetteville Board of Education voted to name it in honor of Henrietta Holcomb in recognition of her many years of service to the district.