Thomas M. Holland, 78, display artist for BG&E

December 14, 2003

Thomas Method Holland, who worked for 40 years as a display artist for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., died of cancer Wednesday at his Middle River home. He was 78 and had formerly lived in Gardenville.

Mr. Holland was born and raised on East Oliver Street in Baltimore. He left City College and enlisted in the Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and his decorations included a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. During the war, he drew many cartoons published in Yank magazine.

After the war, Mr. Holland returned to City College, from which he graduated in 1946. He began working as a display artist in 1947 at BGE's headquarters building at Lexington and Liberty streets, building and installing components for the company's window displays. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Holland, who enjoyed being with children, began volunteering in 1987 at McCormick Elementary School in Carney, where he taught math and remedial reading.

He was also active at the Gardenville Recreation Center, where he designed sets for the annual roller skating show and dances.

In recognition of his volunteer work, Mr. Holland was honored with a "Channel 13 Salute" from WJZ-TV.

Mr. Holland was a member of Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church, 5788 Belair Road, where memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 .

Mr. Holland is survived by his wife, the former Betty Lamonte whom he married in 1965; three sons, Donald Holland of Hamilton, Jeffrey Holland of Hampden and Matthew Holland of Pikesville; a daughter, Bonnie Harrison of Joppa; a brother, Grayson Holland of Cockeysville; a sister, Doris Wieland of Bethlehem, Pa.; and two grandchildren. His marriage to the former Shirley Rueckert ended in divorce.

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