Marion B.W. Holmes, 86, former executive director of vocational and career education at the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Joseph C. Scott Medical Center in Abington after battling Parkinson's disease for more than a decade.
Mrs. Holmes graduated from Abington High School in 1944 and received a bachelor's degree in business education from Temple University in 1948. She earned a master's degree in vocational education from Temple and later a doctorate at Rutgers.
She began her career as a teacher at Overbrook High School. Mrs. Holmes then became the supervisor of vocational education for the Philadelphia School District and later was appointed the executive director of career and vocational education. Her son, J. Curtis Warner Jr., said growing up in a household with a career educator was tough because of how much his mother wanted him to succeed.