Chapter Eternal: Dr. Jack H. Holland, San Jose State ’50

Aug 2, 2011

CHAPTER ETERNAL — Dr. Jack H. Holland, San Jose State ’50, passed away on July 21, 2011 at the age of 89.

Born in San Diego, California on October 31, 1922 he held a BA from Arizona State, MBA from Harvard, Ph.D. from Stanford and a D.S.D. He was a Professor of Management at San Jose State University (SJSU) from 1948 until 1979. He was the founding chairman of the Management Dept., College of business. He also was an instructor in the Executive Development Program for the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.

He received numerous awards such as: Distinguished Professor Award by the California State Legislature, Outstanding Professor Award at SJSU which honors the most outstanding professor at SJSU, 5 time winner of Outstanding Professor at SJSU by the Men’s National Scholastic Fraternity and named “Professor of the Year”, selected as the most inspirational teacher at SJSU in 1977.

He served as a Naval Officer from 1942 -1946 in the South Pacific on a DE (Destroyer Escort) and participated in the taking of Guam, New Guinea, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the battle of Leyte Gulf the largest Naval battle in history. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation and eighty campaign ribbons.

Ordained by Divine Science and subsequently a Religious Science Minister, he taught classes and presented sermons around the world nearly every Sunday for 30 years.

In addition to hundreds of speaking engagements annually, he wrote for both business and religious journals and has been a frequent contributor to ASPIRE, New Thought Quarterly, Science of Mind, Creative Living and Unity magazines.

He lectured and taught in 36 nations, conducted self-motivation seminars at Oxford, Birmingham and London Universities as well as universities and professional organizations in the Middle East, South America, South Africa, Europe and Asia.

He served as Founder and President of The Institute for Human Growth & Awareness. He was also the Co-founder and co-director of The Science of Mind Institute School of Ministry.

Jack authored many booklets and articles in the fields of religion/theology/motivation and the following books: “Man’s Victorious Spirit”, “Your Freedom to Be” and “Collected Essays of Jack Holland”.

Completely cured of cancer – twice – after having been diagnosed as incurable.

He was a founding director of the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine which introduced to America acupuncture and bio-feedback for the purpose of expanding the horizons of medicine.

He was the recipient of the Nora Wilson Award in South Africa (first recipient of an award for outstanding contribution to race relationship and the furthering of metaphysical teaching on the African continent).

Jack was the first recipient of the Dr. Joseph Murphy Award of the International New Thought Alliance (1982).

He received many awards from the Society for the Advancement of Management (first vice president for many years), National Association of Purchasing Managers, American Bankers Association, California Association of Public Purchasing Officers, etc.

He spent a little time with the Dalia Lama in Nepal and with Carl Jung in Zurich.

However, his impact in life is a story best told by his many students and friends. From the captains of industry to his caregivers; he was kind, caring and always open. In his own words we find the essence of who was he was, “The most gratifying aspect of my career was the inspiration I received back from the students. There is no question that I got back ten times what I put in.”

He is survived by his nephews and their families Stephen and Diane Dean of San Jose, and Matthew and Jayna Dean of Campbell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: San Jose State University, Dr. Jack H. Holland Scholarship fund, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192 or to the Center for Spiritual Living, 1195 Clark Street, San Jose, CA 95125.

Obituary provided by The Mercury News.


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