Obituary Peter Holtz-Kathan
We all mourn and must as of now live with the pain of having lost a wonderful person: on January 5, 2021, Peter Holtz-Kathan passed away at the age of 78. We will never again be able to listen to his pleasant sonnore voice, will never again feel the touch of his ever-extended hand and we will never again enjoy his inimitably kind and at times, mischievous smile.
We as his immediate family as well as his many friends and acquaintances, business partners from all over the world, the long-serving associates of his company, mourn the loss of this special and charismatic individual. Peter Holtz-Kathan was and will always remain a person whose voice will be heard even so he no longer lives among us. In the future, he will accompany those of us in spirit who saw him as a mentor and a role model, an individual who stood out in the crowd.
His life and career, from a child born in times of war until his becoming the managing partner of a company well known far and beyond Germany, was marked by immeasurable difficulties. Nonetheless he committed himself courageously and tirelessly for the future and the success of his company for almost six decades.
THE FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CONFINES OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PETER HOLTZ-KATHAN WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED A DONATION TO THE BUNDESVERBAND HERZKRANKE KINDER E.V. (GERMAN CHILDREN’S HEART ASSOCIATION). DONATION ACCOUNT HOLTZ-KATHAN IBAN DE70 5109 0000 0001 8856 00 AT WIESBADENER VOLKSBANK, KEYWORD ‘CHILDREN’S HEART’
The start of his career in the company of his parents, working in the shadow of his father, the ingenious and innovative pharmacist Hermann Holtz, was tough and relentless. The stony path that eventually saw him take on added responsibilities over the course of several years in the group of companies consisting of three companies with limited liability, namely Magnetoplan, Transotype and Transotherm was momentous and shaped him until his retirement. Having become a patriarch himself after the death of his father, he dedicated his entire life to the legacy that had been given to him. With unbelievable vitality and motivated by groundbreaking visions, he himself became a passionate and successful thoroughbred entrepreneur. Peter Holtz-Kathan also managed to lead his company through the turmoil of the digitalization of his business. With the collapse of the market for Transotype and Transotherm products in the 1990s, he secured dozens of jobs in his company with private equity, coupled with a vision for new products, which ultimately led the company successfully out of the crisis. From here on, his company grew to become synonymous with a modern think tank with internationally renowned quality brands and products. With the amalgamation of all brands to a medium-sized company known across Europe under the Holtz Office Support GmbH brand, he not only demonstrated the courage to adapt and change but also displayed sage foresight.
Subsequently, starting from 2006, Peter Holtz-Kathan began handing over the legacy of his company in parts to his son Christopher. As a deeply caring father, he watched over Christopher’s activities and allowed him to steadily grow in his responsibilities, while always keeping the parental guidance under the joint management of the company. This smart move could be described as a gentle and successful change of generational responsibility. The courage to join forces with his son at such an early stage was rewarded when valuable and renowned international business- and design awards were bestowed upon the Holtz Office Support GmbH long before Peter’s death. Many of the products of the Holtz Office Support GmbH continue to enjoy an excellent reputation throughout Europe until today. At the same time, it remained of prime importance for Peter Holtz-Kathan to maintain the role of a listener and father figure for many of his associates and his younger friends. Because of these attributes he was loved and respected everywhere.
If he had a thought just before his passing on, it would probably have been that the sum of his actions both in a professional and human sense, had been right. Peter Holtz-Kathan passed away peacefully in his sleep, knowing full well that he had steered his legacy toward the right path.
We will all miss him very much. On the one hand, among his inner circle he was such an adorable family man and on the other hand, he was a much travelled, charming citizen of the world. He was a modest, humble and kind ‘Grand Seigneur’ – a true gentleman who possessed the attributes of a human being that have become a rarity nowadays.