Jerome H. Holland

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Jerome H. Holland
United States Ambassador to Sweden
In office
April 14, 1970 August 30, 1972
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by William Womack Heath
Succeeded by Robert Strausz-Hupé
NinthPresident of Hampton University
In office
Preceded by Alonzo G. Moron
Succeeded by Roy D. Savage
President of Delaware State College
In office
Personal details
Jerome Heartwell Holland

(1916-01-09)January 9, 1916
Auburn, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 13, 1985(1985-01-13) (aged 69)
New York, New York, U.S.
  • Madeline Smalls
    (m. 1941;div. 1944)
  • Laura Mitchell
    (m. 1948)
Alma mater Cornell University
University of Pennsylvania
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Jerome "Brud" Holland
Born:January 9, 1916
Auburn, New York
Died:January 13, 1985(1985-01-13) (aged 69)
New York, New York
Career information
Position(s) End
College Cornell University

Jerome Heartwell "Brud" Holland (January 9, 1916 – January 13, 1985) was an American university president and diplomat. He was the first African American to play football at Cornell University, and was chosen as an All American in 1937 and 1938. He was also the first African American to chair the American Red Cross Board of Governors, which named its Laboratory for the Biomedical Sciences in his honor. [1] He was the first African-American to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange (1972), and the first appointed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's governing body, "The Corporation". [2] [3] [4]



After graduating Cornell and teaching at Lincoln University, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his PhD in 1950. In 1953, he became president of the historically black Delaware State College, serving six years before succeeding Alonzo G. Moron as the ninth president of Hampton Institute, from 1960 to 1970. In that year, he became ambassador to Sweden under President Richard Nixon.

He became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1972, the NCAA awarded Holland its Theodore Roosevelt Award. [5]


Holland was one of 13 children. His son, Joe Holland, one of ten children, [6] also played for Cornell. He was selected as a third team All-American running back by the Associated Press for the 1978 College Football All-America Team, and as a graduate student with a 3.70 GPA, the same year, as an Academic All American. In 1991, he became a member of the Academic Hall of Fame. [7] An attorney, playwright and entrepreneur, Joe Holland is a Republican, as was his father. He filed as a candidate for Governor of New York in the 2018 election. [8]

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  1. History Behind the first African-American to lead the American Red Cross, American Red Cross . Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. "Educator and Diplomat, Jerome Holland". African American Registry. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2013-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  4. Williams, Clarence G. (2001). Technology and the Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT, 1941-1999. The MIT Press. p. 1. ISBN   026223212X.
  5. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  6. Rodgers, Teri (November 6, 2005). "Square Feet: Interview -- With Joseph H. Holland; A Developer's Rocky Quest To Revitalize Harlem". New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  7. Academic All America 1978 Football, College Sports Information Directors of America. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  8. Lovett, Ken (February 14, 2018). "Republican Joseph Holland who co-chaired Pataki's winning campaign announces he's running for governor". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 1, 2018.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Womack Heath
U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
Succeeded by
Robert Strausz-Hupé