Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Harold Holland, 57, an official of theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration, died Jan. 25 at Walter Reed Hospital after a heart attack.
Col. Holland joined NASA in 1964 in budget program planning and management for the Apollo, Skylab, and Spacelab projects.
He became director of flight programs, budget and control in 1976, and was responsible for budgets of support contractors in NASA's space transportation system.
he also served as president of the NASA headquarters Professional Association, the employe union, from 1972 to 1976.
Col. Holland was born in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at New York University. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War 11 and served here and in Europe as an armament supply officer.
After the war he was assigned to posts here and abroad as an engineering supply officer and armament systems officer. He worked for a time in the Strategic Weapons Storage Officer of the Air material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Col. Holland was assigned to Andrews Air force Base as director of research and development in the system policy directorate of the Air Force Systems Command in 1963, a job he held until joining NASA.
Col. Holland was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Certificate of Merit.
He is survived by his wife, Verna, of the home in Alexandria; a son, Glenn, of Severn, Md; two stepsons, Jefferey D. Billett, of Charlottesville, Va, and Todd E. Billett, of Willamsburg, Va; his mother, Lena Holland, and a sister, Enid Rosenthal, both of New york City.