A Bristol native, Dr. Holden attended schools here and graduated from Bristol High School in 1940 as class president. At Bristol High, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball, earning all-state honors in football.
Following high school, he attended Scarborough Prep School in New York before going to Columbia University on a football scholarship. He was starting quarterback of the varsity team and earned his undergraduate degree there in 1944. He then earned his medical degree in 1947 at the N.Y. Medical School, and served his internship and residency between 1948 and 1951 at the French Hospital in New York City. He served as a lieutenant in the Army following his education.
Upon returning to Bristol, he would eventually become the chief of staff at Bristol Hospital. In Bristol, Wes continued playing sports, especially tennis, in which he was recognized as one of the city’s best players. He was a co-founder of the Copper Ledges Tennis Association.