In Memoriam: Dale Holmgren, 1935-2020

The memorial service for longtime AmCham Taipei member Dale Holmgren has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 12, from 2 pm to 5 pm at The Sherwood hotel ballroom.

The many friends of Dale Holmgren, a longtime prominent member of the Taipei expat community, are grieving his passing on June 22 at the age of 85. Dale joined AmCham Taipei in 1962, served on the Chamber’s Board for 13 years in the 1960s and 1970s, and was honored with the appointment as Emeritus Member in 2014. He was also active in the Rotary Club and was a past president of the founding chapter in Taiwan.

A native of Kansas and a graduate of Kansas State University in hotel and restaurant management, Dale was sent to Taiwan in 1958 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Given his academic background, he was assigned to be manager of the Officers’ Club. After leaving military service, he was hired by Civil Air Transport, then Taiwan’s only airline, to oversee in-flight services. The job included supervising flight attendants, which is how he met his future wife Helen.

In 1965, Dale established the trading company, Oakwood International, that he continued to lead until his death.

3 replies
  1. Gary Smoke
    Gary Smoke says:

    We are deeply saddened and sorry to hear of the passing of Dale Holmgren. Our Organization, TVFD (Taipei Volunteer Fire Department), of which Dale (Fireman Absolute) was a member and former commissioner, would like to honor him during his funeral service. Do you have more information on this?

  2. Hank Weiner
    Hank Weiner says:

    Very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. He and Helen were among the very first people Rose Marie and I met when we arrived in Taipei in 1965 and they welcomed us into the community. I had the pleasure of working with Dale at the Chamber, Rotary and as a co-founder of the Taiwan Old Timers club. He was also a very good friend. He and Helen helped us celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary at Dale’s Beverly Plaza Hotel. He has left us with wonderful memories.


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