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Joseph Holland

1921 - 2016 Notice Condolences
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Joseph Edwin Holland November 3, 1921 - March 4, 2016 Joseph ("Joe") Edwin Holland of Baltimore, MD, age 94, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2016. Joe was born in Lewistown, PA on November 3, 1921. He attended public schools in Langhorne, PA. While in high school he won several medals in cross-country and was awarded the "Lion's" medal for Outstanding Athlete, Class of 1940. During his senior year, he participated in the famous Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field, completing a 54 second quarter mile time on the cinder track. In the summer of 1941, Joe hitchhiked to Baltimore, MD in search of a job in the shipyards. He soon found a job as a helper on the night shift, working on Liberty Ships. He was proud that he worked on the first Liberty Ship, the S. S. Patrick Henry. Joe joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1943 and spent three years sailing on Liberty Ships carrying supplies throughout the world during World War II, serving as a third officer in his last year. In 1949, he married and two years later began a 37 year career with C. R. Daniels of Ellicott City, MD. After starting as a field salesman, he became Vice-President and director of their conveyor belt sales division. In the 1970's, Joe renewed his lifelong interest in running and participated in several Boston Marathon races. He co-founded the Baltimore Road Runners Club in 1971. The next year, Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel appointed him Chairman of the Maryland Marathon Commission and charged him with bringing a major race to the city of Baltimore. He served the commission for six years, eventually building the Maryland Marathon to 2,000 finishers. For his efforts on behalf of runners, and for serving as chairman of the first and second Maryland Marathons, Joe was presented with the C. C. Jackson A. A. U. Award. Joe also served eight years as a member of the Maryland Senior Olympics Commission. Over his running career, Joe participated in 42 marathons, including 13 Boston Marathons, with a best time of 3:13:34 at age 60. Joe liked to say that he found $1200 in coins and paper money while training over many long roads. After retiring from C. R. Daniels in 1989, Joe did volunteer work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. To the astonishment of everyone, he returned to merchant marine service in 1990-94, (age 69-73) working for the Government of Kuwait on their naphtha tankers in SE Asia. He also served on ships supplying helicopter fuel for Desert Storm. Joe had a passion for traveling and visited far corners of the world throughout the Middle East, China, South America, and points in between. A favorite place was Ireland where he had many memorable and happy times traveling with his daughter Jan. Joe is lovingly remembered by his sons: David and Scott, daughters: Meg and Jan, special grandchildren: Leah, John, and Blaire, and wonderful great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Aiden, and Dylan. Also, by other family members and many friends. Joe requested that his body be donated to the Maryland Anatomy Board to support research and education. Dad persevered through difficult times in his youth. Later, he followed many paths in his full life, sometimes overcoming obstacles and rising to achievements that no one could imagine for him. We will always admire and remember those times.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Mar. 9, 2016
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