James F. Holland, M.D., our beloved father and an acknowledged founder and pioneer of the field of clinical cancer care, died on March 22, 2018 at age 92 at home, surrounded by family. He was the Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. His work proved that combination chemotherapy had the potential to cure cancer, for which he shared the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 1972. Dr. Holland was the past president of two national cancer research organizations: the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He represented the U.S. government to the Soviet Union 1972-73, studying Soviet oncology and training Soviet oncologists. Now in its ninth edition, "Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine" was the first comprehensive oncology textbook and remains a leader in the field. He married Jimmie C. Holland, M.D. in 1956, a pioneer in the field of psycho-oncology, who died December 24, 2017. Together they forged an accomplished and cherished husband-and-wife team in medicine. Among other initiatives, they nurtured AORTIC, the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer, to promote cancer control and palliation in Africa for more than 25 years. Dr. Holland's extraordinary career ranged from research and treatment of acute leukemia to breast and other cancers. His recent research focused on the viral etiology of certain breast cancers. A funeral will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan on Sunday, March 25 at 10:30am. Contributions may be made to aortic-africa.org
for cancer control in Africa or to the American Association for Cancer Research, aacr.org
, whose mission is to prevent and cure cancer. We will deeply miss his boundless love for life and for us. Children Diane, Steven, Mary, Sally, Peter and David Holland.