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Dr. Lambert W. Holland


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Dr. Lambert W. Holland

Funeral services for Dr. Lambert William Holland, 96, of Chamberlain, will be 10:30 am Friday, April 15, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church, Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with family present at the Hickey Funeral Chapel. Visitation will resume at 6:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church with family present and at 7:00 pm a rosary service followed by a scripture service.

Dr. Lambert William Holland was born January 27, 1920, in Brookings, South Dakota to William Patrick Holland and Mary Adelaide (Hoch) Holland, and was raised in Elkton. Graduating valedictorian of his high school class he attended Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, where he received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering before going on to The School of Medicine at Creighton. After his marriage to his wife, Twila Pickerel at St. John's Church on the campus of Creighton, they moved to Brooklyn where he interned with the Navy and then to Camp Lejeune, NC where he served in a MASH unit.

Soon after the end of World War II, Dr. Holland returned to South Dakota because he saw the great need for medical care, especially in rural areas. For two years he practiced in Gregory before moving to Chamberlain where he established his surgical and general medical practice that he would maintain for over 52 years. A board certified abdominal surgeon, Dr. Holland, however, provided care in every aspect of medicine. He referred to himself as a "Country Doc" and took joy in having "brought more than 3,000 babies into the world, bonding with each and every one."

He loved to see things grow and thrive. He believed in possibility and put his effort and talents into action, whether in treating his patients or creating relationships with friends, or in raising his family, and in later years, growing his garden, trusting that in some way his vision would come to fruition. This was evident not only in the building of new hospitals, and in the early years of his time in Chamberlain, addressing community health and safety issues of better sanitation, inoculation against polio, introduction of Red Cross swim lessons for all. He firmly believed that especially living beside the powerful Missouri River every one should learn how to swim. Education and learning were central to Dr. Holland's commitment to the community where he served for 15 years on the Chamberlain School Board.

Not discouraged by setbacks, a natural problem solver and lover of learning, he strove to find solutions to things. Dr. Holland stayed in contact with finest medical minds through his extensive reading of latest journals, attending professional conferences, and working closely with the Mayo Clinic. He wanted to bring the best care to his community, which for many of the early years included making house calls to outlying areas, going so far as to being flown by plane as far away as Murdo.

He also served a larger South Dakota community. Appointed to the State Board of Corrections and Charities by Governor William Kneipp, Dr. Holland served for over ten years on the Board, bringing his insight both as physician and humanitarian.

One of the Founders of the Dakota Indian Foundation, Dr. Holland was committed to the encouragement of education and the preservation of Indian language and culture and to establishing a relationship between the Foundation and the University of South Dakota.

After the 52 years of the formal practice of medicine, Dr. Holland remained close to the profession but found more time to nurture in new ways - planting his large vegetable garden, experimenting with new kinds of seeds and cultivation techniques. Sharing his life's experience and keen observations through the telling of stories was the hallmark of his social engagement. He was known for his flawless recall of detail. He was renowned for his love of music and dancing.

However, the greatest source of joy and pleasure came from nurturing his family through his abiding love and active engagement in their lives and they in his. He preserved and cultivated the family traditions begun by himself and his wife, Twila, who passed away in 1990, and was especially proud of continuing to create a Christmas home for family gathering. He looked forward to the annual family trip for a football weekend to see his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Always an avid sports fan, Dr. Holland, who was the Chamberlain Cubs' doctor for many years, enjoyed watching a variety of sports whether it be his Creighton Blue Jays in basketball, the finals at Wimbledon, or celebrating the recent USD Women's WNIT national championship.

Both he and his wife Twila travelled extensively to medical meetings both national and international or making pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Ireland, exploring his cherished Irish roots. They designed family vacations for the family to experience a world beyond their own. He believed in the power of learning and encouraged his children and grandchildren to engage in the world.

Dr. Holland was an active member of St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. During his lifetime Dr. Holland lived his deep spiritual faith and found wonder in all creation.

Dr. Holland was preceded in death by his wife, Twila, his parents; and his sister, Mary Lang.

Dr. Holland is survived by his four children, Patricia Holland, Mill Valley, CA; Dr. Thomas Holland (Margaret), Dakota Dunes; Dr. Michael Holland (Marianne), Omaha; Mary Beth Holland, Omaha. Grandchildren: Anne Holland Haack, Sioux Falls; Katie Holland and Greg Fowke of Boston; Meg Holland, South Bend, IN; Joseph, Phuket, Thailand; Morgan Morrow (Nick), Mill Valley, CA; Whitney Holland, San Francisco; Kelsey Holland, Kansas City, MO; Great Granddaughter Ella Holland Fowke, Boston; a brother, James Holland (Farida), Portland, Oregon.

Memorials will be directed to: Catholic Relief Services and Creighton University
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 13, 2016
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