I write in memory of a great legislator, Rep. Marjorie Holt, who always stood for what was right and honorable regardless of political expediency (“Former Congress member Majorie Holt dies at 97,” Jan. 9). She very capably represented Anne Arundel County and Maryland in her many years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Holt was a strong proponent of the military and of the U.S. Naval Academy. I had the great privilege to meet her. She was the person to give me a nomination to the Naval Academy. For that, I am eternally grateful to her, as competition in this area for a nomination was extremely fierce for that one opening.
Representative Holt met with my mother after her trip back to China in 1978. My mother was forced to flee China due to the brutal Japanese occupation during World War II. She could not return because of the eventual takeover by the notoriously evil communist regime commanded by one of history’s greatest despots, Mao Tse-tung. My mother’s father served as a two-star general under the deposed Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek. Ms. Holt was a key person in Congress who opened diplomatic relations with Red China during the 1970s.
Thank you, Congresswoman Holt, I will always deeply appreciate the instrumental things that you did for both me and my family.
Michael D. Yu, Annapolis
The writer is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.