GRIFFIN HOLLAND obituary (1923 – 2022) – Bethesda, DC

HOLLAND Griffin B. Holland (age 98) of Chevy Chase, MD died of natural causes at his home in Chevy Chase, MD with his family by his side on March 29, 2022. Born April 4, 1923 at Sibley Hospital to the late T. Stanley and Anna B. Holland, he was a 3rd generation Washingtonian who had never lived outside the DC area except for college and military service . Griff, as he was known, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew 91 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1940 to 1942 before being called to active service. He returned to complete his studies in 1947. He attended George Washington University night law school for two years before being recalled to active duty during the Korean War as a member of the DC Air National Guard, White House Squadron. He served as squadron commander until deactivated in 1955. In 1956, Griff, along with Walter M. Johnson, Jr., founded District-Maryland Realty, Inc., a residential real estate company. He has served in Montgomery County and the DC Association of Realtors serving on their boards and numerous committees. In 2005, the Maryland District was acquired by the WC & AN Miller Co. Mr. Holland was a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, served on the ward council, and coached numerous Catholic Youth Organization baseball and football teams. He was a 2nd generation member of the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD and he loved to compete and watch sports such as tennis, skiing and especially golf. Griff also had a special affinity for animals. His family always had dogs, cats and a few trained squirrels to feed. As a youth he also raised rabbits, ducks and chickens in his garden. Survivors include his 65-year-old wife Mable Morgan Holland, his daughter Susannah Paige Holland, his two sons Griffin Bryan Holland Jr. (Diane) and Richard Waters Holland (Peggy). He has three enthusiastic grandchildren, Patrick Offutt Holland, Delaney Robbins Holland and Elizabeth Mays Holland. A Christian funeral service will be held on Friday, April 8 at 10:00 am at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD, followed by a private burial at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery in Potomac, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth & Families, 4901 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782 in memory of Griffin B. Holland and his mother, Anna B. Holland. A Christian funeral service will be held on Friday, April 8 at 10:00 am at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, MD, followed by a private burial at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery in Potomac, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth & Families, 4901 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782 in memory of Griffin B. Holland and his mother, Anna B. Holland.

Published by The Washington Post on April 2, 2022.

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