U.S. Ski Team orthopedist

Passing Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

U.S. ski team physician and ACL-repair pioneer Dr. Edgar Miller Holmes III passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Charlotte, Vermont, on March 8, at age 82.

Born and raised in Boston, Holmes graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1955, where he skied and became New England Collegiate discus champion. After a hitch in the Army, he earned an M.S. in geology at Boston University, then entered medical school.

In 1970 Holmes set up a practice in orthopedics in Rutland, Vermont, and was a founder of the Mid-Vermont Orthopedic Clinic in 1975. From 1977 until his retirement in 2006, he was a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team, and served as team doctor during the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. He was a pioneer in the arthroscopic repair of ACL injuries. For this work, in 2015 Holmes was inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame.

Holmes is survived by his brother, Stephen Vincent Holmes; and sister, Ann Elizabeth Flatt; his sons Todd Edgar Holmes and Brooks Gunton Holmes; and grandchildren: Sadie Elizabeth, Samuel Grady, Story Alexander, Teigen Miller and Torin Spencer Holmes. —S.M.

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