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Clarence HOLLAND

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HOLLAND, Jr., Clarence Lee "Dick" Clarence Lee "Dick" Holland departed this world on July 3 in Decatur after a brief illness. He was 84. Born Oct. 26, 1933, in Wilmington, N.C., he was the son of Clarence Lee and Hazel McGuire Holland. He graduated from Davidson College in 1955 and went on to serve as a First Lieutenant in the Army in Korea after the Armistice. Upon returning to the States, he received a master of science from North Carolina State and a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue University. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Nell "Dot" McConnell of Raleigh, N.C., in 1959, and the couple moved to Marietta, where he was employed by Lockheed Georgia as a human factors engineer working on the C-5A project. In 1963, Dr. Holland took a position as associate professor of psychology at Georgia State University where he taught statistics and served as a consultant in industrial psychology and testing. He retired from GSU in 1998 after mentoring thousands of students and teaching them that statistics could be fun. He and Dot moved to Dunwoody, Ga., in 1966. The family was featured in a Look magazine article in 1967 that documented the changing face of suburban America. Dick and Dot had a keen interest in politics, art, music and design. Both were active in the Democratic Party and Common Cause. They were founding members of Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Sandy Springs. Dick and Dot loved to travel and visited Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Scandinavia, Thailand, Fiji, Alaska, Hawaii and many others. They imbued their three sons, Jeff, Lance, and Burt with that same love. Dick enjoyed deep sea fishing in Florida, skiing on Lake Lanier, and applying his statistical mind to winning at the blackjack table. Most of all, he loved good company and good conversation, and entertained his many friends with stories around the dinner table. He was fascinated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which he says finally helped him understand why no one else could understand him. His favorite parlor trick was to peg a person's Myers-Briggs personality type within minutes of meeting them. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dot, in 1999. He later moved to Decatur to be close to his sons. He is survived by his sister, Rebecca Powell and her husband, Mason, of Greenville, S.C.; three sons, and seven grandchildren and their families: Jeff and Lea Holland of Tucker, Ga., and daughters Mikayla, Zoe and Willow; Lance and Chris Holland of Decatur, Ga., and daughters Sydney and Sophia; and Burt and Emily Holland of Decatur, Ga., and sons Hughes and Roe. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elizabeth Kenny Scholarship Fund at Georgia State University ( or the National Breast Cancer Foundation (
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from July 8 to July 11, 2018
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