|Richard "Dick" Holland|
Also, on Feb. 27, Holland will receive the Distinguished NEBRASKAlander Award from the NEBRASKAland Foundation at a ceremony at the State Capitol (see sidebar).
"Dick Holland's contributions to society are immeasurable," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "He has been a leader and an advocate in many important issues at local, state and national levels. It is wonderful to see him receive these honors. He is most deserving."
The Alger award, presented by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, recognizes Americans who have risen from humble beginnings to achieve personal and professional success.
Holland contributed financially to the construction of the twin research towers at UNMC that bear Durham's name. He also helped found the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which promotes and supports life-saving research at UNMC and throughout Nebraska.
Holland is a retired CEO of Holland, Dreves, Reilly advertising agency in Omaha. In 1979, it merged with a Lincoln agency and became Swanson, Rollheiser, Holland, Inc., which eventually became Omaha's second-largest advertising business.
Aside from his support of UNMC, Holland and his late wife, Mary, also led a variety of initiatives, projects and programs designed to enrich the community, including the establishment of the Holland Center for Performing Arts.