37 J.L. Med. & Ethics 531 (2009)
Angela Roddey Holder (1938-2009)

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Angela Roddey Holder

he Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics has lost
a great friend with the death of Angela Roddey
Holder this past spring. Angela was a long-
time member of the Board of Editors for the Journal
as well as a past president of the Society.
Angela Holder was one of the earliest contribu-
tors to the field of health law, working as an educa-
tor, author, organization leader, and advocate over the
course of her long career. She advocated fervently for
vulnerable patients, particularly the terminally-ill and
children, and she wrote extensively on medical-legal
issues and bioethics.
Her advice - both professional and personal - was
valued by individuals and organizations alike. She took
special care to mentor faculty new to the field. Ann
MacLean Massie, Professor of Law at Washington and
Lee University, and Jesse Goldner, Professor of Law at
Saint Louis University, both recall Angela's generosity
in mentoring new health law faculty. Ann remarks that
Angela's attention to new faculty was characteristic of
this woman who could be tough as nails on the outside
but had a marshmallow interior; and Jesse remem-
bers that Angela was so very kind in introducing me
to people she thought I should know. Ann describes
the memories we share of Angela presenting at confer-
ences as a small dynamo with unhesitating opinions
and sharp turn of phrase; one-of-a-kind.
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1938 and edu-
cated at Tulane University, Angela became one of the
first women to practice law in South Carolina when
she went to work at her father's law firm in 1960. In
addition, she worked in the Criminal Division of the
New Orleans Legal Aid Bureau and as Counsel to York
County Family Court.
In 1964, she took on the role of educator as Assis-
tant Professor of Political Science at Winthrop Col-
lege in Rock Hill. There, she wrote her first book, The
Meaning of the Constitution, which is currently in its
sixth edition, coauthored with her son John.
After ten years at Winthrop, Angela decided to pur-
sue an LL.M. degree at Yale Law School. Upon com-

pletion of her LL.M., Angela stayed in Connecticut to
serve as the Executive Director of the Program in Law,
Science and Medicine at Yale. Also in 1977, Angela
started simultaneously as Counsel for Medico-Legal
Affairs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Clinical Pro-
fessor of Pediatrics and Law and the Yale University
School of Medicine. She kept her position at the Hos-
pital for twelve years and continued teaching at Yale
until 2001.
Professor Holder's influence was especially critical
in the subspecialty of pediatrics and law. Her 1977
book, Legal Issues in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medi-
cine, was an absolute treasure trove, according to
Goldner, for people working in children's hospitals at
the time: We now have in-house counsel in children's
hospitals, nationwide networks of lawyers who devote
much of their time to these questions, and generations
of academics who write about these topics. So much of
this really started with Angela.
Returning south and less than 200 miles from Rock
Hill, Angela worked as Professor of the Practice of
Medical Ethics and Humanities at the Trent Center
for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine
at Duke University Medical Center from 2001 until
her retirement in 2007. In addition to her books, she
wrote numerous articles on topics as diverse as medi-
cal errors, clinical research, bone marrow transplan-
tation, and reproductive issues. She also wrote exten-
sively on issues concerning pediatrics and adolescence,
including her last publication in 2008, Research with
Adolescents: Parental Involvement Required?
She is remembered for her energy, brilliance, and
warmth, as well as for being a passionate advocate,
humanitarian, and friend. Mark Hall, Professor of
Law at Wake Forest University, comments about her
final months: She was her brassy, lovable self up until
very close to the end:'
Angela Holder was a leader in health law and
assisted at its birth. She will be greatly missed by all
who knew her and the organizations that benefited
from her wise counsel, but especially by JLME.


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