Prosthetic Limbs Designer Dies
Jul. 22, 2002
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Chaz Holder, a triple amputee who devised a new way of making artificial legs and arms, has died of a heart attack at his home. He was 55.
Holder invented lighter, cheaper prosthetic limbs that can be fitted in less than a half-hour. He sold them through his company, CZBioMed Enterprises, and distributed them free to amputees in third world countries.
Holder had been in talks with the Army to provide prosthetic devices to protect people assigned to clear minefields when he died July 4, said his business partner, Ruth Clark.
Holder lost his left arm below the elbow in an industrial accident in the late 1970s, and both his legs eight years ago _ a loss doctors attributed to a near-fatal 1980 racecar accident and exposure to chemicals during his Army service in the Vietnam War, Clark said.
Holder had many talents, Clark said, and was a Protestant minister, racecar driver, master mechanic, restaurant owner, anatomic illustrator, and disabled rights advocate.
Survivors include his fourth wife, Anne, a daughter and a brother.