A Loving Tribute to Molly Holzschlag: The Woman Behind the Wisdom

Viet York

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I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Molly E. Holzschlag, a giant in the world of web design and technology on September 5th, 2023...

Molly was more than just an industry leader; she was a passionate advocate for accessible and open web standards, a brilliant author, and a heartwarming human being who made an indelible impression on everyone she met. Today, we've lost someone who embodied the best of what the tech world could be, and my heart aches at her absence.

I had the distinct honor of buying the molly.com domain name from her, a transaction that in any other circumstance would have been purely business, but with Molly, it became a memorable and deeply human experience. She was an absolute sweetheart, and I felt like I was inheriting a piece of digital history by taking over that domain. It wasn’t just a URL; it was a torch being passed.

Molly was a groundbreaking figure in the early days of the web. She was among the pioneers who realized the potential of the internet as a medium for communication, creativity, and universal access to information. She was a force to be reckoned with, an inexhaustible advocate who not only preached the principles of web accessibility but lived them, pushing for reforms and educating countless others along the way.

Her passion wasn't confined to the podiums from where she spoke or the books and articles she wrote; it flowed into the relationships she built, mentoring a whole new generation of tech enthusiasts and professionals. She lifted people up, gave them a platform, and cheered the loudest when they succeeded. The love and energy she put into her community were awe-inspiring, and the void she leaves is immense.

She was authentically herself—brash, funny, compassionate, and wickedly smart. Molly was a beacon of light in a world that can often feel dim. She had an ability to make people feel seen and heard, and her legacy will undoubtedly live on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to know her or learn from her work.

To say Molly will be missed is an understatement. Yet, even in her absence, she leaves us with a blueprint: for an inclusive and humane technology landscape, for mentorship that elevates new voices, and for a life lived fully, with love and purpose.

Rest in peace, Molly. You have left your mark on this world in a way few ever do, and while you may be gone, your wisdom, your spirit, and your profound impact on this community and the world at large will continue to reverberate for generations to come.


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