Holland Lee "Holly" Hendrix

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Burks-Walker-Tippitt Funeral Directors - Tyler
215 E. Front St.
Tyler, TX

Holland "Holly" Lee Hendrix died suddenly on Nov. 26, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of lung cancer. He was 66 years old.

Holly was born and raised in Tyler, before attending Columbia University in New York City. He received his master's degree from Union Theological Seminary and his Th.D. from Harvard University. A Unitarian layman and an expert on the New Testament and archeology, Holly was a professor at Harvard, Haverford College and Barnard College before becoming dean, and then president of Union Theological Seminary in 1991. As Union's longest running president, he served through 1998 before leaving to run several non-profit organizations.

Most recently he was a vice president at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, executive director of the Department of Philanthropy for the Anglican Church of Canada and director of advancement for the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He was a longtime member of All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC, serving on its board, and was a current member of St. Andrew Presbyterian in Albuquerque.

He is survived by his brother, Dee, and sisters-in-law, Charla Hendrix and Gayla Hendrix, of Tyler; along with six nephews; five nieces; and a stepdaughter.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lucille and Ernest Hendrix Jr.; his brother, Clyde; and nephew, Cameron.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 10 a.m., in Chandler Memorial Cemetery, 620 Old Tyler Road, Chandler, under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Ave. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87111.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 14, 2014
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