Pioneer Ethanol Warrior Passes


Publish Date:
May 25, 2017
  • Bailey, Ann
Ethanol Producer Magazine
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When Korean and Vietnam wars veteran Bill Holmberg was buried at Arlington National Cemetery this spring, friends and family said goodbye to more than a military hero. Holmberg also was a fierce fighter for the biofuels industry.

People who knew Holmberg say he had tremendous loyalty to the ethanol industry because he believed it was critical to the sustainability of the country he fought for in two wars and loved with a patriot’s heart his entire life. Holmberg, 88, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant who received a Navy Cross died Sept. 8, 2016.

“Bill was a friend and mentor to me and many others in renewable energy. We will miss his quiet wisdom, great resolve—and the twinkle in his eye,” said Dan Reicher, chairman of ACORE’s board and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.

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