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David Stuart Holland

Alexandria, Virginia

May 5, 1943 - June 29, 2024

David Stuart Holland Obituary

David Stuart Holland, 81, of Alexandria, Virginia, a retired reserve Army officer, writer, runner, and outdoor adventurer, passed away peacefully on 29 June 2024 at home with his family, after a short battle with severe illness. David is survived by his wife Rhonda, daughters Ada and Kedron, and sister Cary. His family is deeply grateful for their time with him, and he will be sorely missed.  
 

David half-jokingly said that his most significant military accomplishment was preventing a public affairs nightmare as a reserve Army Colonel in Panama in 1995. While this is certainly notable, he also served in Vietnam in 1966-1969 in the 716th Military Police Battalion, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and finally as a Military Assistance Command Vietnam Infantry Battalion Advisor. The highlight of the civilian career that followed was the four years (1973-1977) he spent in the Micronesian Islands settling claims against the U.S. government for WWII damages, while also adventuring with his wife Rhonda across the eastern Pacific. David remained in the U.S. Army Reserves as a public affairs officer, serving in the Pentagon during the first Gulf War and retiring as a colonel in 2003.

David wrote several books, including memoirs of his time in Vietnam and in the federal government, economic analyses, and a collection of political poems illustrated by his longtime friend Phil McKenney. He was also a prolific blogger. David was a lifelong student, graduating from Williamsburg’s Walsingham Academy then earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1965, a law degree from UVA in 1972, an MBA from William and Mary in 1979, a DBA from George Washington University in 1988, another bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University in 2004, and even auditing Chinese language classes at the Northern Virginia Community College in the 2000s.

David was an adventurer and a dedicated runner. He took his daughters on several multi-week hiking and canoeing trips in various wilderness areas and instilled in them a love of the great outdoors. He kayaked a good portion of the distance from Alexandria to his beach home in Avon, NC in day-length segments. He ran the Marine Corps Marathon every year for 38 years, as well as several ultramarathons including 25 years of the JFK 50-miler, four Old Dominion 100s, and the Western States 100. For years neighbors could expect to see David out for his daily run.

David was deeply committed to his family, even through his final years. He took care of his wife Rhonda through her cancer treatment in 2023, provided childcare for many of his grandkids, and stood through several soccer games of his older grandkids—even in the pouring rain.

David’s remains will be inurned at a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. His family is grateful for the love and support of David’s friends and neighbors. They also thank the cardiac nurses of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital who provided gracious and gentle care for David in his final days. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Stuart Holland hosted by Everly-Wheatley Funerals and Cremation.

David Stuart Holland, 81, of Alexandria, Virginia, a retired reserve Army officer, writer, runner, and outdoor adventurer, passed away peacefully on 29 June 2024 at home with his family, after a short battle with severe illness. David is survived by his wife Rhonda, daughters Ada and Kedron, and sister Cary. His family is deeply grateful for their time with him, and he will be sorely missed.  
 

David half-jokingly said that his most significant military accomplishment was preventing a public affairs nightmare as a reserve Army Colonel in Panama in 1995. While this is certainly notable, he also served in Vietnam in 1966-1969 in the 716th Military Police Battalion, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and finally as a Military Assistance Command Vietnam Infantry Battalion Advisor. The highlight of the civilian career that followed was the four years (1973-1977) he spent in the Micronesian Islands settling claims against the U.S. government for WWII damages, while also adventuring with his wife Rhonda across the eastern Pacific. David remained in the U.S. Army Reserves as a public affairs officer, serving in the Pentagon during the first Gulf War and retiring as a colonel in 2003.

David wrote several books, including memoirs of his time in Vietnam and in the federal government, economic analyses, and a collection of political poems illustrated by his longtime friend Phil McKenney. He was also a prolific blogger. David was a lifelong student, graduating from Williamsburg’s Walsingham Academy then earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1965, a law degree from UVA in 1972, an MBA from William and Mary in 1979, a DBA from George Washington University in 1988, another bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University in 2004, and even auditing Chinese language classes at the Northern Virginia Community College in the 2000s.

David was an adventurer and a dedicated runner. He took his daughters on several multi-week hiking and canoeing trips in various wilderness areas and instilled in them a love of the great outdoors. He kayaked a good portion of the distance from Alexandria to his beach home in Avon, NC in day-length segments. He ran the Marine Corps Marathon every year for 38 years, as well as several ultramarathons including 25 years of the JFK 50-miler, four Old Dominion 100s, and the Western States 100. For years neighbors could expect to see David out for his daily run.

David was deeply committed to his family, even through his final years. He took care of his wife Rhonda through her cancer treatment in 2023, provided childcare for many of his grandkids, and stood through several soccer games of his older grandkids—even in the pouring rain.

David’s remains will be inurned at a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. His family is grateful for the love and support of David’s friends and neighbors. They also thank the cardiac nurses of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital who provided gracious and gentle care for David in his final days. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of David Stuart Holland hosted by Everly-Wheatley Funerals and Cremation.

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