Harold H. Holden was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on April 19, 1896, the son of Charles S. and Mary (Crowley) Holden. He graduated from Lowell Technological Institute in 1919. After serving as a 1st Lieutenant in Chemical Warfare of the United States Army from 1917-1918, he returned to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School to complete special courses.
Holden started his career in the paper industry in 1920 as Chemical Engineer for Falulah Paper Company in Fitchburg and served as New England Manager of Hercules Powder Company from 1921-1935. He was Vice President and Director of Oxford Paper Company from 1935-1950. He served as Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Corporation from 1950-1959 and President of Gilman Paper Company 1959 to 1967. He also served as Chair of the Executive Committee of Gilman Paper Company.
Holden was active in many technical associations and a 50-year member of TAPPI. He served as Director of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation for several terms and as Chair of the Membership Committee.
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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing