Gordon M. Holland, a retired businessman and philanthropist, died Thursday of heart failure at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 93.
Gordon Monroe Holland, whose father was president of the Holland Tack Co. and whose mother was a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and lived for 71 years in the Catonsville home his parents built near the corner of Edmondson Avenue and North Rolling Road.
After graduating from Boys' Latin School in 1939, Mr. Holland earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1942 from the Johns Hopkins University.
He worked for the Bendix Frieze Instrument Co. in Towson, before enlisting in the Navy in 1944.
Mr. Holland spent the next three years as a gunnery officer aboard the destroyer tender USS Alcor, seeing action in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He had attained the rank of lieutenant at the time of his discharge in 1946.
After the war, he went to work as an engineer for Western Electric Co., where he designed and patented several pieces of special equipment, family members said.
In 1950, he became a manufacturer's representative for Yarrington and Johns Inc., and as a salesman sold material handling equipment throughout the Baltimore area.
Mr. Holland retired in 1969 to devote himself to managing his investments and real estate interests.
He was an active member and had served as president of the Rolling Road Improvement Association. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Series of Five, a dance group.
In 1991, he and his wife, the former Anne Marie Lachenmayer, moved to Winthrop House in Guilford. She died in 2000.
Mr. Holland enjoyed playing bridge, attending parties, and entertaining family and friends at home and in private clubs. He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club.
In addition to enjoying an annual vacation to Deep Creek Lake with a group of close friends, he was a world traveler, and had traveled throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa and Central and South America.
Mr. Holland remained a devoted alumnus of the Johns Hopkins University and made a large charitable donation to its Whiting School of Engineering.
For the past five years, Mr. Holland had lived at Edenwald.
Funeral services will be held at noon Monday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
Mr. Holland is survived by a son, David R. Holland of Catonsville; two daughters, Nancy Beall of West River and Sally Ross of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Donald Holland of Easton; three grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and his companion, Jane B. McLean of Towson.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun