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Letter Typed by Zimri S.

Letter Typed by Zimri S. Holmes THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 49

Zimri graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1928. He went on to college and graduated from Virginia State College for Negroes, (later renamed Virginia State College, and now called Virginia State University). Upon finishing college, he purposefully decided to return to Christiansburg Institute and teach there. Throughout his career, he pursued additional professional development at Fisk University, Hampton Institute and Virginia Tech. He stayed in the profession for 43 years and missed only 3 days of school. 55 His students knew they were expected to learn from him, and in turn, he also expected to learn from them. His words tended to be few and only what he deemed absolutely necessary, but when he spoke, people listened. LOVE: THE CHOICE OF A LIFETIME On a personal note, Zimri got married to Rosa Lee Thomas on July 30, 1940. They went virtually everywhere together during the nearly 50 years they were married. Rosa was also a teacher in Virginia. From an early age she was determined to be a teacher. Her life was marked by decisions that once they were made, there was no going back. As a teenager, the first time she saw Zimri Holmes she knew that she wanted to marry him. Teaching was her life-work, but her husband and extended family were her life. The early choices she made to go into education and to marry Zimri Holmes defined her personal and professional life. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 50