Last month, Jean Holloway passed away from metastatic breast cancer. I would like to dedicate my column to her and to provide a portion of her obituary. She played an integral role in us launching Dayton Magazine. Her general interest in our idea followed by encouragement through the years gave me a meaningful ally in the Dayton business community. I have come to appreciate that her positive influence was not exclusive to us but to many throughout the region. Thank you Jean.

Obituary

HOLLOWAY, Jean, age 39, of Oakwood, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, from complications of metastatic breast cancer.

Jean graduated from Fairmont High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Wright State University, and her Master’s in Business & Change Management from Antioch University. Jean was Director of Communications & Development at PSA Airlines. Preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard Hotopp, and maternal grandmother, Evelyn Gambone. She is survived by her loving husband, Jacque “Tony” Holloway; son, Keaton Eliot Holloway; parents, Jack and Jackie Webster and brother, James Webster; maternal grandfather, Leo Gambone; paternal grandmother, Norma Hotopp and a loving extended family.

Jean had a lifelong love of ballet, and danced at the pre-professional level. Her favorite performance was Swan Lake with Ballet de Jeunesse. Jean loved going to concerts, from Guided by Voices and The Sailing to Britney Spears. Jean took great pride in her professional life and helped two organizations, Aileron and PSA Airlines, to define their mission and their voice in the business community.

Jean and Tony’s son, Eliot, brought her life its greatest joy in 2014. She loved him fiercely and worked hard to manage her cancer so that she could have as much time with him as possible. The family wishes to thank Dr. Tarek Sabagh and the MVH Oncology team for their excellent care.

Jean was an advocate for the American Cancer Society Action Network, working to keep federal funding for cancer research in place. Her work with METAvivor was important to her because this organization is dedicated solely to metastatic breast cancer research. Donations can be made in her honor to METAvivor.org.