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George E Holland Jr.October 14, 1937 ~ August 10, 2016 (age 78)
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George Holland Jr. 78, passed away suddenly on August 10 with his wife Marilyn at his side. George was one of four children of the late George Sr. and Marguerite (Coulter) Holland. He was born in Malden on October 14, 1937.
George grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School in 1955. He continued his education at Boston College on a 4-year Presidential Scholarship with a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Physics. George then went to Yale University where he worked in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory at Yale and at the same time completed his Doctoral Degree from Yale University in Nuclear Physics. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Two Neutrons Transfer from Nuclei Near Single and Double Closed Shells. He also authored 14 additional papers that were presented in seminars at the National Scientific Studies.
George’s career was varied and notable. After graduating Yale, George returned to Malden where he taught math and he was appointed the Director of Math from 1973 to 1976. He then became the Assistant Superintendent of Schools from 1976 to 1984 where upon he became the Superintendent of Schools from 1984 to 2000 in the city that he loved. It was under George’s leadership that Malden built 5 new elementary schools: the Beebe, the Forestdale, the Linden, the Ferryway and the Salemwood. His legacy can be seen when you walk or drive around the city.
His life was filled with many distinctions and honors. It ranged from semi-pro Baseball, to president of the Drama Society at BC, to teaching fellowships at both Boston College and Yale University, to the Malden Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award and to the Malden High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductee.
Not only was George given many awards which are too many to mention but also he gave to the city he loved. He was twice Past President of the Malden Kiwanis, Past Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis which he served with Distinction, President of the Malden Teacher’s Federal Credit Union, President of the Malden High School Alumni Association, trustee of the Malden Public Library and the trustee of Pope John High School. After his retirement, to keep busy George also taught Mathematics at Wentworth Institute, Bunker Hill Community College and Malden Catholic. He also was the class scribe for his class for the Boston College Alumni Magazine. He was a member of the Friday Breakfast Club where he enjoyed being with his fellow retirees every Friday morning.
But despite his many accomplishments, you have never met a more humble, gracious, and remarkable gentleman. George could speak extemporaneous on any topic with grace and great humor. He became the unofficial Master of Ceremonies at most Malden events. George Holland was one of a kind; he was an intelligent gentleman who served his community well and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marilyn Holland (O’Hara) and his son Ted Holland. He was the brother of James Holland, retired Chief of Malden Police Department and his wife Maureen currently a Malden Police Officer, Dennis Holland and his wife Marsha of Utah and his late sister Margaret Holland. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral Mass will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church 600 Pleasant St Malden on Tuesday August 16 at 10am followed by interment in Forestdale Cemetery Malden. Visiting hours are at the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home 519 Broadway Everett on Monday August 15 from 4 to 8pm. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in George’s name to the Malden High School Alumni Association Salem St. Malden, MA 02148.