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Erna Maria Holyer, American Adult education educator, writer, artist ( edn.art: literature, Educated)adult education educator, writer, artist. Recipient Woman of Achievement Honor certified San Jose Mercury-News, 1973, 74,75, Lefoli award for excellence in adult education instruction Adult Education Senate, 1972, Women of Achievement awards League of Friends of Santa Clara County Commission, San Jose Mercury News, 1987, various art awards.


Holyer, Erna Maria was born on March 15, 1925 in Weilheim, Bavaria, Germany. Daughter of Mathias and Anna Maria (Goldhofer) Schretter.


Associate of Arts, San Jose Evening College, 1964. Student, San Mateo College, 1965—1967. Student, San Jose State University, 1968—1969.

Student, San Jose City College, 1980—1981. Doctor of Letters, World University, 1984. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), The London Institute Applied Research, 1992.


Freelance writer under pseudonym Ernie Holyer, 1960^. Teacher creative writing San Jose (California) Metropolitan Adult Education, 1968^. Artist, 1958^. Exhibited in group shows Crown Zellerbach Gallery, San Francisco, 1973, 74, 76, 77.

I.B.C. Gallery, San Francisco, 1978 (medal of Congress, 1988, 89, 92, 94, Congress Challenge trophy, 1990), Los Angeles, 1981, Cambridge, England, 1992, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1993,San Jose, California, 1993, Edinburgh, 1994, San Francisco, 1996.



Member N.L.A.P.W. Inc., World University Roundtable (doctoral).


Married Gene Wallace Holyer, August 24, 1957 (deceased 1999).

Mathias Schretter

Anna Maria (Goldhofer) Schretter

Gene Wallace Holyer