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Dr. Jerome “Brud” Holland an All-American end with Cornell and a me

January 14, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. Jerome ″Brud″ Holland an All-American end with Cornell and a member of the National Football Foundation’s Collegiate Hall of Fame, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 69.

He was also national chairman of the American Red Cross, a former ambassador to Sweden and the first black member of the board of the New York Stock Exchange.

Holland, who died at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center of an undisclosed illness, was ambassador to Sweden from 1970 to 1972, when he joined the exchange’s board. He was president of Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va., from 1960 to 1970 and president of Delaware State College in Dover, Del., from 1953 to 1960.

A native of Auburn, Holland lived in Bronxville, N.Y. He was a trustee emeritus of Cornell University and a presidential adviser at Cornell.

Holland earned a bachelor’s in 1939 and a master’s in science in 1941 from Cornell and a Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Holland was also a business consultant and a member of the boards of several Fortune 500 corporations in the industrial retail, communications, financial and insurance fields.

He was a former vice chairman of National Conference of Christians and Jews and a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Survivors include his wife, the former Laura Mitchell, two sons and two daughters. One of his sons, Joe, was a tailback for Cornell in the late ’70s.

Funeral services were not announced.

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