Honoring Holcomb on his retirement

Colleagues, family and friends gathered for a reception in honor of Dr. J. David Holcomb on his retirement from Baylor College of Medicine last month.

Holcomb joined Baylor College of Medicine in 1972 as an assistant professor. Under his leadership, the physician assistant program went from a certificate program to a bachelor’s program and then to a master’s program in 1989. In 1995, he was named founding dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. He also led the development of the School’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Program in 2012.

“You’ve been a tremendous dean, and what you have done is remarkable,” said Baylor President, CEO and Executive Dean Dr. Paul Klotman at the reception, held in Alkek Lobby. “The programs you’ve built are first-class and forward thinking, and we are very proud of them.”

Dr. Alicia Monroe described Holcomb as “straightforward, focused and optimistic” and said he was a valuable resource when she started in her role at Baylor.

Also speaking at the event was Dr. Robert McLaughlin, interim director of the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Holcomb addressed those in attendance, proudly pointing to his wife, son and grandchildren, and others who have played a special role in his career and life. He reminisced about his tenure at Baylor and the development of the school.

The School of Allied Health Sciences also honored Holcomb by naming its annual research event the J. David Holcomb Student Research Day. Read more about this honor.