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Sunday, March 8, 2015

RW (NWA) Capt Keith M. Hollingsworth, CDR USN ret.

WWII & Korean war veteran, CDR USN ret. RW (NWA) Capt. Keith M. Hollingsworth
August 29, 1920 ~ January 4, 2015
Belated notice...noted in the March 2015 Air Line Pilot magazine's In Memoriam column, we see the passing of Northwest pilot Captain Keith M. Hollingsworth, age 94.  Hughes Air West sources have provided me with some background information...Jack writes: "An old Pacific Airlines seniority list shows Keith M. Hollingsworth as  a date of hire 9-27-49 with 749 days of Military leave. (Korea) The Hughes Air West annual shows Keith as a 1941 Navy Cadet having flown the R5D (DC4) as plane commander and retired Navy Commander".   Keith was flying the DC-9s for Hughes Air West, based SFO prior to his retirement which would have been in 1980.  This was just prior to the merger with Northwest.  Keith is the father of RW/NWA/DL pilot Captain Brian Lee Hollingsworth who is currently based DTW/031/International with Delta Air Lines.  
Captain Keith Hollingsworth had resided in Pleasanton, California after retirement and more recently in Frisco, Texas.  He was widowed in August of 2013 with the passing of his wife Elizabeth 'Betty' Hollingsworth.
My information is limited so if anyone has more information to add...additions/corrections ... please do let me know as all are welcomed.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 
Keith M. Hollingsworth
Birth:  Aug. 29, 1920
Death:  Jan. 4, 2015
Burial:  Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Plot: Section 89 Site 350
Elizabeth Hollingsworth .....Obituary
Hollingsworth, Elizabeth
Betty Hollingsworth, wife for 68 years of Commander Keith M. Hollingsworth United States Navy Retired, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013. A service to celebrate Betty's life will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2013, at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco TX.



  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Keith and his lovely wife Betty Hollingsworth. I was Betty's caregiver for over two years. They both were dedicated to each other and their family. Keith was a man of honor who loved his family. They both had such a positive impact on my life and all the lives they touched. They are loved and will be missed.
    Leslie Roberts

  2. I met Keith, and later his son, when I worked at Sears in Pleasanton during college. He would come in from time to time and look at the new technology, and we would talk each others' ears off. I was in Air Force ROTC and private flight training, building hours, with a hopeful aviation career. My grandfather was a retired pilot from United. He had many words of wisdom, as did his son when I met him once (Keith, his son, and family were passing through Sears one time). Without meeting him, and even his son, I may have give up the intensive flight hour building process. I remember his son telling me to wait to start a family and that building hours will come with a lot of said sacrafice. To quote him, his friend had gotten married and had to buy a couch and eventually gave up flight training because of the costs associated with having a family. Very wise words that stuck with me!

    I left Sears and went on with my life and always thought about Mr. Hollingsworth and his son, that at the time in 2004, worked for Northwest prior to the merger with Delta. It was always a pleasure seeing Mr. Hollingsworth, and talking about a variety of things: college, family, aviation, explaining all the new gadgets to him, etc. It's sad that he's passed, I wanted to thank him and check in with him but could never find his information; probably because he left Muirwoods in Pleasanton (I went to Foothill and was raised in Pleasanton) for Texas and I never searched 411 there. If his son ever comes across this, thank you. You and your father's words meant a lot through the years.

    Best Regards,

    Robert Lemke