Holdsworth, John Thom, 1873-1965

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Holdsworth, John Thom, 1873-1965

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Dr. John Thom Holdsworth, 1873-1965, was the first Dean of the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration from 1926 to 1941. He was born in Ontario, Canada, received the Ph.D. in finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1907, and came to the University of Miami in 1926.

Dr. John Thom Holdsworth was the second faculty member of the university appointed by the chairman of the regents in 1925.  He came the following year with the title of Professor of Economics and Director of Evening Courses.  It was his function to develop the School of Business Administration. He became the first dean of the school when it was established in 1929 and stepped down in 1941.


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