H. Dieter Holterbosch


H. Dieter Holterbosch, 95, of Cove Neck, passed away peacefully at home on July 28, 2016, after a brief illness. Born on July 26, 1921 in Düsseldorf, Germany, to Marta and Hans Holterbosch, he immigrated to the United States with his parents and sister at the age of 5. Raised in Manhattan, he attended Columbia Prep and then went on to attend Penn State University. He served his adopted country proudly in the Coast Guard during World War II, stationed primarily in Brussels.

A self-made man, he built a business empire in the years following the war that included running a family vineyard, importing and building the Lowenbrau beer brand and starting the largest beer distributor ship of major brands in New York state.

A life long connoisseur of the fine and rare, he was known for his pinnate good taste. His first major collection of European royal carriages became the foundation of the permanent collection at the Museums at Stony Brook. He subsequently amassed one of the world’s finest private collections of vintage automobiles.

Recognized as a respected authority on vintage cars, he served as the chief Mercedes judge at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach for 20 years.

A wonderful raconteur, he was known by his friends and colleagues for his integrity, generosity and great good humor. A loving husband to Mary Kathleen (d. 2011) father to Heidi Holterbosch and step-daughter Lyn Barlow and to grandchildren Dieter Addison, Holt Haynsworth, Alex and Mary Kelso, he was a true giant among men and will remain forever in our hearts.

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