The Holmes family of Monticello is part of a four generation UGA Alumni Legacy
The privilege to attend The University of Georgia has been a goal for students across Georgia and the nation for generations. As students become alumni and go on to create families of their own, it is a common dream to have their children one day become Bulldogs themselves. The Holmes family lives that dream in spades, with four generations of Georgia graduates.
The story began when William Benjamin (Sam) Dykes earned a BS in Agriculture in 1935 while his wife, the former Martha Blackwell, was completing her Master’s at the State Normal School. During his time at Georgia, Dykes was a football letterman.
Their daughter, Susan, attended The University of Georgia and received her BSEd in 1963. She married John Paul Holmes Jr., a member of the Bulldog football team who graduated from the Business School in 1963 with a BBA in Marketing. Susan now represents District 125 in the Georgia House of Representatives.
The Holmes had three children who graduated from UGA. Sons John Paul III ’85 and Samuel Dykes ’87 received BBA degrees from the Terry College of Business, and daughter Cammie Holmes McCook graduated in 1990 with a BS in Education.
The family tradition and UGA lineage continue with grandsons John Paul IV ’12 BBA, and Sims who will graduate in 2015. Another grandson, Samuel, plans to enter UGA in the fall of 2013.
In addition, two daughters-in-law, Lou Sims Holmes ’84 BBA and Lara Horne Holmes ’88 BBA graduated from UGA. Two grandparents, two parents, three children, three grandchildren, and two daughters-in-law share an exceptional and strong UGA legacy.
The Holmes family legacy at UGA is one of the deepest you will find anywhere in Georgia’s storied history. Their commitment to UGA has stood the test of time and I am grateful for their contributions to the University community. I hope to see this legacy at UGA continue for many generations to come.