HOLLAND, Henry Davis,
77, of Henrico, died peacefully on January 9, 2017. He was born in Richmond, Va., on July 15, 1939, and was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Bruce Ratcliffe; his father, Henry S. Holland III; and a sister, Elizabeth Louise, who died in infancy. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Brenda; his daughter, Kathy Diamond and her husband, Tim; his son, Dave; his daughter, Elizabeth; his sister, Holly Jaffe and her husband, Marvin; and six grandchildren, Will, Abby, Davis, Nick, Liza and Hank. Henry was raised in the north side of Richmond by his paternal grandparents and attended J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, Chandler Middle, and Thomas Jefferson High School, graduating in 1958. He attended Washington and Lee University and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, graduating in 1962. He earned a scholarship to attend medical school at MCV, receiving his M.D. degree in 1966, and completing a rotating internship at Norfolk General Hospital in 1966 to 1967. He spent his professional career as a psychiatrist, first at MCV as a resident and faculty member, and later in private practice. Growing up in the Barton Heights neighborhood of Richmond, he excelled at baseball and running as a child until age 11, when he contracted polio in September 1950, becoming Richmond’s 37th polio case that year. He recovered at MCV Hospital from September 23 to December 18, 1950, and despite paralysis that required a brace on his right leg for the duration of his life, he learned to walk and ride a bike again. Like many polio survivors, he spent his life overcoming barriers in the pursuit of normalcy. Armed with a tireless work ethic, a strong intellect and an indomitable spirit to serve others, he was able to meet his lifelong aspirations of becoming a successful physician, a devoted husband, and a loving father and grandfather. His faith was a guiding presence throughout his life, and he was an active member of River Road Church, Baptist, for 50 years. He served as a Sunday school teacher for young adults for many years, was an active member and occasional teacher in the Shepherd Bible Study Class, and also served in the past as a Deacon and as Chair of the Board of Administration. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, in the sanctuary at River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Henrico, Va. 23229. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CrossOver Ministry, 8600 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23229.