Cecil Fletcher Holland, 70, a reporter who covered major stories for The Washington Star for nearly 30 years, died of an aneurysm Thursday at Walter Reed Hospital.
After leaving The Star in 1967, he was an administrative assistant to Sen. Robert P. Griffin (R-Mich.) until retiring in 1975.
From 1940 through 1967, Mr. Holland covered all of the presidential campaigns and many of the congressional races. He reported on the McCarthy hearings on alleged Communist infiltration of the federal government and the McClellan hearings on racketeering.
Mr. Holland had traveled throughout the South, covering civil rights problems, including the turbulent desegragation of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.
He received the top award of Sigma Delta Chi, national professional journalism society. He had been a member of the National Press Club.
Born in Daisy, Tenn., Mr. Holland was a graduate of the University of Chattanooga, where he played varsity basketball. He later played semi-Professionally.
He worked for the Chattanooga News before coming to Washington in 1939. He served briefly on the Washington staffs of the Chicago Sun and the New York Herald Tribune. He was with the Army Air Forces in Europe in World War II.
Mr. Holland was the author of a book about the Civil War, "Morgan and His Raiders," published in 1942.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Carden, of the home in Chevy Chase; a son, Cecil F. Jr., of New York City; three daughters, Mary Frances Hughes, of Washington, Carden Holland, of Providence, R.I., and Martha Holland, of Chapel Hill, N.C.: a sister, Hazel Millican, of Chattanooga, and a brother, James Edwin, of Arlington.