Jerome H. Holland

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Jerome "Brud" Holland
Date of birth: January 9, 1916
Place of birth: Auburn, New York
Date of death: January 13, 1985(1985-01-13) (aged 69)
Place of death: New York, New York
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Cornell University

Jerome Heartwood "Brud" Holland (January 9, 1916 – January 13, 1985) was an American university president and diplomat; he was the first African American to play football at Cornell University, in 1939, and the first to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange, in 1972.[1][2] After graduating Cornell and teaching at Lincoln University, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his PhD in 1950. In 1953, he came president of Delaware State College, serving six years before transitioning to Hampton Institute, where he was president from 1960 to 1970. In that year, he became ambassador to Sweden under President Richard Nixon.

He became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. In 1972, the NCAA awarded Holland its Theodore Roosevelt Award.[3]



Preceded by
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U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
Succeeded by
None, tense diplomatic relations