Well known Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland passed away Tuesday at the age of 95. Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires is one who is remembering Holland’s generosity and his love of arts.
Squires says, “Dick will certainly be remembered by his warmth, his sense of humor, his fierce intelligence and I think most of all for the profound impact he had on our community. He was an amazingly generous philanthropist and he really made life better for all of us. We are deeply saddened and it is a big loss for the community.”
Holland was born and raised in Omaha and a graduate of Central High School and Omaha University, now UNO. Holland served in World War II and returned to Omaha and married Mary MacArthur in 1948. Holland went on to establish the Swanson Rollheiser Holland Inc. advertising agency which became the second largest in Nebraska. Holland was an early Berkshire Hathaway investor and he and Mary became ardent supporters of Omaha area arts, education and medical projects.
A large list of organizations benefitted from Holland’s generosity and several include Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Joslyn Art Museum, Partnership 4 Kids, Child Saving Institute, Completely KIDS, North Star Foundation, Jesuit Middle School, College of Saint Mary, Creighton Prep, the Nebraska Nature Conservancy, the Sorrell
Center for Health Science Education at UNMC, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Cardiology Research Laboratory, the Mary and Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine Program at UNMC, the Holland Computing Center at The Peter Kiewit Institute, UNO Athletics and Omaha by Design. Holland was also the major contributor to the Holland Perrforming Arts Center located in downtown Omaha.