Paul Hollander, scholar and nature lover, passed away on April 9, 2019 at home in Northampton MA.
His first conquest of note which affected all of his writings was his journey from Budapest, Hungary in 1956, where he was born, on foot to Austria with only his leather jacket, safely escaping the Communist regime. His good fortune then carried him to Harvard University where he continued to write while a professor there. He eventually became a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts where he spent the rest of his career teaching sociology. His writings focused on the psychology of belief, the power of violence & the misadventures of intellectuals in the 20th century. These subjects were explored in "Political Pilgrims", "Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad" and in numerous journal articles.
His enthusiasm for writing, evidenced in more than a dozen volumes, never interfered with his dedication to the natural world and his enjoyment of kayaking, swimming, and hiking. Paul loved discovering new places full of beauty. His joy in photographing favorite locations here and in Europe was boundless.
Paul loved and cared for his daughter Sarah Hollander and his stepdaughter Laura Marie Duncan. He was a true protector of these girls, who miss him dearly. His wife, Mina Harrison, shared many of his passions and so many of his adventures, as well as his enthusiasm for preparing Hungarian cuisine.
His family knows Paul is still with them whenever they venture out in the world, needing a calm, strong spirit, which he had in abundance.
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 19, 2019.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Dear Mina, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Sending my condolences. Take care of yourself.
April 19, 2019
Sorry for your loss. Take time to grieve and find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those calling on him. Psalm 145:18
April 16, 2019
Paul was a friend, a great scholar, truly a wonderful human being. Condolences to his wife and children. He will be sorely missed. His work will live on for decades
April 15, 2019
I've know Paul since 2000 and had the opportunity to work with him on a number of conferences. He was a man with set views, but enjoyable to work with. He was scheduled to a conference on the Russian sociologist Pitirim Sorokin with me in August. I'm not sure what he would have said, but I know it would have been insightful and challenging. I will miss him.