In Memoriam – Dr. Murry W. Holland

July 11, 1924 – June 3, 2005

Dr. Murry W. Holland, a former faculty member and 1956 graduate of the UNC School of Dentistry, died on Friday, June 3, 2005, at Durham Regional Hospital.

Dr. Holland attended Atlantic Christian College for two years before serving in the Army under General George Patton for two years. In 1949 he married the former Helen Horrell of Dunn.

A 1952 graduate of Elon College, Dr. Holland earned his DDS degree from the UNC School of Dentistry, finishing in the top five of his class. He also earned a Master’s in Education from Duke University.

After graduating from the School of Dentistry, Holland joined the faculty of the Fixed Prosthodontics Department at the School.  In 1973 Holland retired from teaching and opened a dental practice in Chapel Hill.

Holland was one of the five chosen fathers of the year in 1972, and served one year as president of the Chapel Hill Merchants Association. He was a member of the Durham-Orange Dental Society, the North Carolina Dental Society, Delta Sigma Fraternity, and a Life member of the American College of Dentistry. He was a long-time member of University Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and Trustee. Holland was a long-time member of the UNC Educational Foundation, and the Chapel Hill Kiwanis Club.

Dr. Holland is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen H. Holland; three sons, Kenneth W. Holland and wife, Kathy, M. Wayne Holland and Lantz R. Holland and wife, Janine; and seven grandchildren.