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Community leader Richard Holland dies at 95

Well known for contribution to the arts
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Posted at 10:26 AM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 11:26:22-04
Well known Omaha community leader and philanthropist Richard Holland has died at the age of 95. 
 
Holland passed away Tuesday at his home after a short illness. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
 
Holland and his wife Mary were major supporters of many Omaha area arts, education and medical projects.  One of his largest causes he supported was the Holland Performing Arts Center, which opened in downtown Omaha in 2005. The facility was named after the Hollands because of their donation to the building, which was the largest civic donation in Omaha at the time.  Holland was the vice chairman of the Omaha Performing Arts board of directors at the time of his death.
 
Holland played an active role on several boards until his death, including Omaha Performing Arts Society, Vice Chairman; Opera Omaha, Vice chairman; Omaha Symphony. He was also the Chairman of the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. 
 
Mayor Jean Stothert issued the following statement on Holland's death. "Dick Holland was a champion for the causes he believed in, children, education, medical advancements and the arts.  Omaha is the fortunate beneficiary of his generosity and passion for our city.  To his family and friends, we send our sympathy."