Calvin B. Holder, Ph.D. 1946-2021
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Dr. Calvin B. Holder, or Cal, as he was affectionately known, was a beloved pillar of the History Department for 43 years, retiring in 2018. A son of Barbados, Dr. Holder earned his Bachelor's degree from The City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He spent his entire academic career at CSI, mentoring countless students to earn their degrees and enhancing the life of his department and colleagues through the years. As a scholar, he published widely on West Indian immigration to the United States and African American social and political history in the twentieth century.
While we mourn his loss, we invite you to celebrate his life and legacy by supporting the Calvin B. Holder Scholarship, named in his honor when he retired in 2018. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students who are majoring in African and African Diaspora Studies, a program that Dr. Holder developed and shaped for over 30 years. Please join Dr. Holder's family, along with his CSI family, in honoring his years of teaching and service at the College of Staten Island, by making a generous donation to this scholarship fund.
Dr. Holder's favorite photo with his daughters, Aisha and Oshun, and in a photo featured in Barbados Today