Henry B. Holle M.D.
1927 - 2020
Carnes Funeral Home Texas City
3100 Gulf Fwy
Texas City, TX
Henry Bernard Holle, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Henry Bernard Holle, accomplished and well-respected surgeon, beloved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home in Houston, Texas on June 6, 2020 on what would have been his and Laure's 66th wedding anniversary. He was 92. Henry was born at Hermann Hospital in Houston to Dr. Henry August and Bernice Ida Knolle Holle.
Dr. Holle was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife (Marie) Laure Felton Holle. He is survived by daughters Julie Kilkenny and husband Mark, Susan Caradec and husband Paul, Linda Holle and husband Mike Kuhar, and grandsons Patrick and Mitchell Kilkenny.
Dr. Holle was a WWII veteran who served in the US Army with an Army Advisory Group in Nanking, China. He graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University in 1950 and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1954. He completed his internship and surgical residency at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, where he met and married his cherished wife Laure, who was an R.N. They returned to Houston, where Henry completed his senior fellowship in cancer surgery at MD Anderson Hospital in 1960. He then went into private practice in downtown Houston.
Dr. Holle was passionate about medicine; he knew that was his calling at the age of 5, when he accompanied his grandfather on house calls. He was loved by his patients for his good-natured spirit and his compassionate bedside manner. He was a dedicated teacher and mentor to many surgical residents in the Greater Houston area, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School as well as Clinical Associate of General Surgery, and Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Surgery, at MD Anderson Hospital. He devoted much of his professional life to the Memorial Healthcare System, serving as Chief of Staff (twice), Chairman of the General Surgery Section, Chairman of the Day Surgery Committee, member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, and member of the Physician Liaison Committee of the Memorial Foundation. He was an Associate Examiner for Certifying Examination, American Board of Surgery. Dr. Holle was a revered leader and an active member of the Houston Surgical Society, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Memorial Foundation of the Memorial Healthcare System.
Henry loved sailing. He and Laure spent countless hours on Galveston Bay and at the Houston Yacht Club, sailing, dancing and enjoying life with friends. He loved music and was an adventurous cook. He was also an avid reader, keeping up with medical journals and spy novels until his last days. Henry will be remembered as a quiet, humble, compassionate man with a quick wit and great sense of humor. He was universally loved by his patients, colleagues, friends and family. He will be greatly missed.
The family will hold a private memorial service in the future. If you would like to make a donation in Henry's honor, please consider the American Cancer Society, the Houston Food Bank or the Galveston Bay Foundation.
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Jun. 14, 2020.
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Henry was a wonderful person and an outstanding surgeon who truly cared about his patients. I an a gynecologist who shared patients and hospital staff responsibilities with him since 1977. He had a long, successful career and was well respected by his peers, hospital staff, administrators, and his patients. He will be long remembered.
Charles Pehr
July 16, 2020
It was a great honor to both work with Dr. Holle and to have him as my family's personal surgeon starting in 1978. There was never a more wonderful physician or man.
Betty Russell, RN, CRNA (Retired)
Betty Russell
July 13, 2020
Dear Dauaghters of Heny,
We were sorry to read of your Father's passng. We remember you from Memorial Drive Luthran Chruch many years ago. He ws such a kind person with a warm smile and you young ladies were very personable also.
Our sincere simpathy is with you all, Arnie and Sue Kaestner
Arnold and Sue Kaestner
June 19, 2020
I was a surgical resident under Dr. Holle at the downtown Memorial Baptist Hospital in 1975. He was the first doctor to give me the confidence that I could go on to be a surgeon. He was an excellent surgeon, a kind man and a joy to work with. I even went sailing with him a couple of times. I will be thinking of his family during this difficult time. Im sure he raised his three daughters to carry on the fine characteristics that dwelled in him.
Richard Evans
June 16, 2020
He was the best! A caring and charming person. My heartfelt Sympathy to the family.
Nancy Wllingham
June 16, 2020
He was a great friend to Jack and me and a wonderful person. We had a lot of fun times together. Jack and I would like to extend our sympathy to Julie, Susan, Linda and and family. Beverly and Jack Hughey
Beverly Hughey
June 15, 2020
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