Herbert G. Hollowell. 86, of Whitehouse Station, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, October 1, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Herb was born in Woodbridge on September 19, 1935, the only child of the late Herbert and Gladys Fox Hollowell. He lived in Woodbridge, Keyport, Bound Brook and Dunellen, before moving 53 years ago to Whitehouse Station with his wife, Elaine Fuer Hollowell.
Herb was an outstanding athlete in three sports at Woodbridge High School, participating in football, basketball and track and field. Football injuries pushed him to athletics, where he also excelled. At the age of 17, Herb placed 12th at the 1953 United States National Decathlon Championships. He graduated in 1953 and received a track and field scholarship to Penn State University, where he received his diploma. was named “Freshman Athlete of the Year” and won the Penn State He-Man title, a competition of several sporting events. He placed in all doubles events at Penn State where football coach Rip Engle saw him practice and recruited him to the football team in his freshman year. Unfortunately, a severe Achilles tendon rupture on the triple jump ended his athletic career.
He returned to Woodbridge High School after graduation and became a physical education teacher as well as an assistant football coach and track and field coach.
In 1964, he brought his coaching gifts to the new John F. Kennedy Memorial High School to develop its new track and field program. His career was hugely successful and he coached many great athletes.
Herb loved all sports and found them to be of great value in training a youngster. He believed that sports helped young people learn to get along with others and through the ups and downs of life.
In the later stages of his career, he was a guidance counselor at JFK High School. He was named Middlesex County Indoor Track Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1970; and was inducted into the New Jersey State Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Woodbridge Township Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 1994. Herb retired in 1996 and was proud to be the special guest of honor at the WTAAA Hall of Fame 2019. The ceremony.
Herb enjoyed his second phase of competition, breeding German shorthair pointers. In 1971, he and his wife, Elaine, gave birth to their first litter of puppies, and from that point on, they mostly participated in field trials where the dogs showed off their athletic and hunting abilities. Their children also participated in the field activities. Two of their dogs are in the Breed Hall of Fame and they have bred many AKC and American Field Champions as well as Double Champions.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Elaine; his three children, Merrill Hutchinson of Marietta, GA, Herbert G. II and his wife, Martha Haggan Hollowell, of Titusville, and Matthew S. of Whitehouse Station; and her beloved grandchildren, James, Kelly, Gavin and Lauren.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 22 at Evergreen Cemetery, located on North Halstead Street in Clinton. Friends and family are welcome.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Kearns Funeral Home, Whitehouse. For more information or to send your condolences. please visit www.kearnsfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodbridge High School Athletics, Attention: Departments of Athletics and Football, Samuel Lupo Place, Woodbridge, NJ, 07095.