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Longtime Martinsville physician dies at 89


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MARTINSVILLE – Dr. Donald Rider Holsinger, longtime Martinsville physician, died peacefully at Sovah Health, on Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was 89. He was born in Richmond, VA to Eldon W. Holsinger and Eula Rider Holsinger on May 2, 1929. He moved to Martinsville in 1933 with his family where his father established a dental practice. Dr. Holsinger graduated from Martinsville High School in 1947 and Randolph-Macon College in 1951 where he was a member of ODK and the KA fraternity. While at RMC he prouded himself for making the football team as a “Long Snapper”. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 1955. After interning at Stuart Circle and MCV Hospitals, he served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army before beginning a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; while there, he received a Master’s Degree in Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He served briefly on the faculty of the Medical School of the University of Alabama before returning to Martinsville to establish a practice in Internal Medicine. He retired in 1996.

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