Vernon F. Holly Jr. Radio dispatcher


A memorial service for Vernon F. Holly Jr., a retired radio dispatcher for the Baltimore Department of Transportation and a graduate of City College, will be held at 6:30 tonight at the March Funeral Home East, 1101 E. North Ave.

Mr. Holly, who was 52, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a long battle with diabetes.

Mr. Holly retired from the transportation department in December 1990, ending a 31-year career with the city that began the Department of Education. In March 1959, he was hired by the school system as a senior clerk. He worked there until September 1966 when he took a job as a dispatcher with the then-Department of Transit and Traffic.

Twice promoted, Mr. Holly took over the midnight to 8 a.m. shift in 1984, where he single-handedly oversaw the operation of the city's traffic control system.

During that shift, he was responsible for dispatching trucks to fix broken traffic signals and to address other traffic-related problems. He also provided traffic condition reports for local radio stations.

During his career, he was honored for his work with mayoral and gubernatorial citations. He also received the Mideastern Chapter APCO Telecommunications Unit Citation for his work in the radio control room.

The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1958. He played lacrosse in high school, a sport he continued to enjoy in his later years. He also enjoyed tennis and photography and played pinochle regularly with friends.

Mr. Holly was a member of Omega Phi Epsilon Fraternity of East Baltimore.

In 1990, Mr. Holly married his second wife, the former Telsie Stagg.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Holly is survived by a son, Vernon F. Holly III; a daughter, Lisa Holly; two stepdaughters, Carol Stagg and Sabrena Stagg; two stepsons, Zachary Stagg and Stewart Stagg; and two grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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