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Remembering the Hollands

By Julia Werth Associate News Editor
On June 10, 2014

The University of Connecticut community mourns the loss of a dedicated, hardworking couple

who passed away Thursday in a car accident on their way to work.

“It’s hard to be calling people to come from home in the middle of a snowstorm or hurricane, 

but these were the people who always showed up. That’s the kind of employees they were,” said Mary 

Ann Ives, a supervisor of Norman (Butch) and Holly Holland in the Facilities and Building Operations 

Department at the University of Connecticut. 

Despite being busy parents of three children, now 20, 18, and 11 years old, over the years of 

service to the University they always braved the weather and made it to UConn in order to help the 


“They were in this work for the students,” said Ives, “they never lost sight of that.”

The Holland couple, residents of Willimantic, who were killed in a car accident on Thursday 

morning, spent the last ten years of their lives working as housekeepers for UConn’s Facilities and 

Building Operations Department. Holly Holland worked first in Hale-Ellsworth and then switched to 

Shippee Hall, where she worked for most of her career. Butch began work in North, but after a 

promotion, moved to the West Residence Halls. 

“He [Butch] was so friendly! I would see him in the hallway and he would say hi! It was really 

nice to see a friendly face like his at 8 in the morning!” said Emillie Wright, a former resident of West 


“They were really good people,” said Ives, “kind hearted. They were always very supportive of 

their coworkers. Helping others out if they needed a ride to work and so on.” 

In addition to being active members of the UConn community, the Hollands were very religious 

and involved members of the Catholic Church and the Girl and Boy scouts, said Ives. They loved to go 

camping in their time off.

The couple’s deaths have made a significant impact on their former department and the 

University as a whole.

On Thursday afternoon, “we gathered as a department just to spend some time together,” Ives 

The department recognizes the need to move on from the tragedy but they know that leaving 

time to recover and cope is essential.

“We will not rush things,” Ives said. “We will leave time for everyone to heal.”

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