LOGAN - Longtime businessman and philanthropist Barton S. Holl of Logan died early Tuesday, leaving behind his wife, daughter, and four grandchildren. He was 90-years-old.
LOGAN — Longtime businessman and philanthropist Barton S. Holl of Logan died early Tuesday, leaving behind his wife, daughter, and four grandchildren. He was 90-years-old.
Holl served as chairman of the board of Logan Clay Products Company since 1979, but originally started working there in 1950 when his father, Barton A. Holl, gained control of the company. The senior Holl first joined the company in the 1930s as a salesperson and bought enough stock in the company to gain a controlling interest and brought his two sons, including Richard Henry "Dick" Holl, on board. Dick Holl died in 2005
The Holl family has been active in running the day-to-day operations of the business ever since. In the past, Logan Clay Products has been a strong supporter of the arts through workshops, financial contributions and donations of works of art throughout the community. The company was even a recipient of the 2005 Governors Awards for the Arts in Ohio.
“He was a very kind man and perhaps the most intelligent person I’ve ever known, said Logan Clay Products President and CEO Dick Brandt, who also is Holl’s nephew. “His insight will be missed.”
“He was the type of person that maintained a very low profile in the community, but he was extremely generous to various causes he supported,” said Joe Murtha, who helps organize the Logan Rotary bike giveaway each holiday season. “He was one of our chief benefactors, on a personal basis, as well as with the Logan-Holl Foundation.”
Holl also is the son of Grace Sparnon Holl and graduated from Logan High School in 1941. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 and fought in Europe during World War II. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor and master’s degree in ceramic engineering in 1949 and began working at Logan Clay Products shortly thereafter in 1950.
He was co-owner of Holl Investment Company, an oil and gas producer in Ohio and Kansas; was a member of the Peoples Bank Board of Directors in Nelsonville and Athens from 1977 to 1990; was director of Peoples Bancorp Inc. from 1990 to 2000; was a former member of the Ohio Development Financing Commission; served as president of the Ohio Ceramic Industries Association; served three terms as trustee of Hocking Technical College, including one year as chairman; was past president of Logan Rotary and the Logan-Hocking Chamber of Commerce; and held various offices at Immanuel United Methodist Church.
Outside work, he enjoyed spending time with his family and read magazines, newspapers, fiction and nonfiction.
“There are two things that I find most rewarding,” Holl said on the website of Logan Clay Products. “Seeing people do well, learning and improving, and feeling that you have helped. Building, changing and improving our processes and methods.”