Paul M. Holt, Class of 2002, in Minneapolis. While at Williams, Holt appeared in a well-received production of the play Sophistry, a 1990s era play frequently brought to mind by the recent cultural focus and debate over college sexual assault. In a setting that evoked real life at Williams, Holt played an alcoholic professor alongside, among others, Hans Davies ’99 and Alicia Currier ’00.
As a math major at Williams, Holt was one of many Ephs (including past EphBlogger Diana Davis) who, under the leadership of Professor Frank Morgan, conducted research into the properties of double bubbles: geometrical structures (like soap bubbles) that enclose two separate volumes with minimum surface area. Holt’s work led to several published papers, including Double Bubbles in S3 and H3 and The Double Bubble Problem on the Flat Two Torus.
Holt’s funeral will be held tomorrow in Minneapolis. Donations in Holt’s memory are encouraged to Minneapolis’s Midtown Greenway Coalition. Holt was a leader of the Greenway’s nightly bicycle patrol.