Earl J. Holliman

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HOLLIMAN EARL J. HOLLIMAN Col., U.S. Army (Ret.) Colonel Earl J. Holliman, U.S. Army (retired), passed away on January 28, 2010. He was 93 years old. Colonel Holliman was born in Waco, Texas in 1916. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 after graduating from Texas A&M University. He had a long and illustrious career of more than 52 years both as a military officer and civilian supporting the U.S. Army. During World War II, Colonel Holliman was Chief of a major U.S. radio intelligence intercept station in Newfoundland, and subsequently served as Signal Officer for General MacArthur in Japan. He participated in the design and technical characteristics of all Army radio systems from the 1940''s to 1994, and was departmental representative to the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee for 39 years. After his military career, Colonel Holliman was employed with Computer Sciences Corporation, the U.S. Coast Guard, and in 1981, became the Army''s Spectrum Manager. Colonel Holliman served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to numerous international radio conferences in Geneva, Switzerland. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 1997. After retiring from Federal Service in 1994, Colonel Holliman served as a consultant to Lucent Technologies in cellular and personal radio services. Colonel Holliman married Lola Alice Elliott in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. They had the distinction of being the first American couple to be married in Tokyo after World War II. From that union they were blessed with two children, Sandra and Sherry. Colonel Holliman loved sailing his boat "Papillon" on the Chesapeake Bay with his family. He was a member of the Catalina Sailing Club of Annapolis, MD, for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Lola, of 64 years; and his devoted daughter, Sherry Holliman of Burke, VA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sandra Holliman Botton in 2008. He leaves four devoted grandchildren,Brooks and John Morrison of Lynchburg, VA; Peter Botton of Blacksburg, VA and Jenna Holliman of Burke, VA; and a beloved great-granddaughter, Kasey Morrison of Lynchburg, VA. Funeral services will be held May 18, 11 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Funeral services will be held May 18, 11 a.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

Published in The Washington Post on May 12, 2010