Dr. David H. Hollander, 90, Hopkins pathology professor


Dr. David Hutzler Hollander, a retired pathology professor and enthusiastic bridge player, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack at his North Baltimore home. He was 90.

The author of numerous scientific articles, he was chief pathologist at Montebello State Hospital in Northeast Baltimore from 1957 to 1963 and a longtime faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Hygiene and Public Health. After his retirement from Hopkins in 1975, he taught pathology and biology for 12 years at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.

"He was a gentle, thoughtful individual, the only associate I knew who published in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics," said Dr. Victor A. McKusick, Hopkins professor of medical genetics and a longtime friend. "His accomplishments tremendously impressed me -- he frequently came up with different ways of looking at problems. He had theories about the soldiers who fought in Kuwait. He thought their troubles were related to allergies."

"One of his contributions was to show that antibodies for polio virus remained in the body for many years," said Dr. Thomas B. Turner, former Johns Hopkins medical school dean who in 1957 co-wrote a scientific book on venereal disease, Biology of Treponematoses, with Dr. Hollander.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in a mansion at 1802 Eutaw Place. He was the son of Jacob Hollander, a Hopkins professor of political economics who was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as treasurer of Puerto Rico. His mother was Theresa Hutzler, whose family owned the Howard Street department store.

As a child, he was visiting Belgium with family members when World War I broke out. They sailed home on the Lusitania a year before its 1915 sinking.

A 1928 graduate of the old Marston University School for Boys in Baltimore, he studied at Haverford College before he earned a bachelor of arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1932. He earned a medical degree from the Hopkins Medical School in 1938.

He served in World War II as an Army physician in France, the Philippines and Japan before his discharge with the rank of captain.

A member of the American Contract Bridge League, he achieved the rank of Silver Life Master and played in local and national tournaments during a bridge-playing career of more than 60 years.

Dr. Hollander maintained an interest in the writings of James Joyce, whose books he collected. When Joyce's 1922 novel Ulysses was banned in the United States, Dr. Hollander bought a copy in Europe, had it rebound and slipped it past customs, said his wife of 40 years, the former Shirley Thim.

In May, he traveled to Dublin, Ireland, and met the author's nephew at the James Joyce Center.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Hollander is survived by two sons, David H. Hollander Jr. of Washington and Frank Thim Hollander of Redmond, Wash.; and a daughter, Hope Hollander of San Diego.

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