John Richard Holland Jr., 81, banker, bookkeeper


John Richard Holland Jr., a retired banker and bookkeeper, died of pneumonia Sept. 3 at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was 81.

Born and raised in Baltimore's Roland Park neighborhood, Mr. Holland was a 1939 graduate of Friends School. His undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University were interrupted by World War II, when he enlisted in the military.

He served in the Army's finance division in India and Burma and attained the rank of master sergeant. After the war, he resumed his education at Hopkins and received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1948.

Mr. Holland worked briefly for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before joining Baltimore Federal Savings & Loan in 1952. He was associated with its Colonial Title Co. and for years managed bank branches in Carney and Towson. He retired from Baltimore Federal in 1983.

He then worked as a bookkeeper for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1983 to 1998.

A former Guilford resident, Mr. Holland had lived in Easton since 1998. He tutored children at Easton Elementary School for several years.

He was interested in genealogy and was a member of the Maryland Historical Society and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Mr. Holland was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton, where services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Nellie H. Gorman; a son, John R. Holland III of Chicago; and two daughters, Elizabeth Read Holland of Princess Anne and Jane Baxter Holland of Elberta, Ala.

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