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February 19, 2009

Longtime BSC professor Dan Holliman passes away

Dr. Dan Holliman, professor emeritus at Birmingham-Southern, passed away Feb. 19 at his daughter's residence in Valdosta, Ga. He was 76.

A native of Jefferson County, Ala., Holliman retired in 2000 as the Ada Rittenhouse Snavely Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern.  His teaching and research careers at BSC, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama, and Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Ala., spanned 44 years, including 38 at Birmingham-Southern.  He also conducted research in the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River Valley at the first international rain forest symposium in Peru.

BSC professor Dan Holliman He taught honor courses on Henry David Thoreau and studied under Thoreau scholars at Concord, Mass. He worked with the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Resources, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Science Foundation, Coastal Area Board of Alabama and NASA. He was on the staff of the Alabama Museum of Natural History as Curator of Mammalogy and had been contributing editor for the quarterly series Nature South.

Holliman authored 35 scientific papers and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His field of research interest included rare and endangered species, avian and mammalian ecology with emphasis on the taxonomy of aquatic macro invertebrates. The subjects of his research ranged from red-cockaded woodpeckers, beach mice, wetlands, and land use studies in the Southeastern U. S.

His honors included the Gardner Award from the Alabama Academy of Science for notable achievements in the field of science in Alabama, ODK Excellence in Teaching Award at BSC, Legacy Award for the creation of the Greystone Educational Wetland, State of Alabama Governor's Award by the Alabama Wildlife Federation for the Wildlife Conservationist of the Year, and Exemplary Teaching Award by the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the United Methodist Church, among many others.

He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church USA in Birmingham at 2 p. m. with Reverend Pat Rabun officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church at 2269 Chapel Road, Birmingham, Ala., 35226.

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