July 23, 2024

Death of an employee

It is with great sadness that we report the death of a member of the UMW Public Safety team. Last week, Fire Suppression Technician Alvin L. Holland suffered an apparent heart attack while in his office. Attempts to revive him by colleagues in the UMW Public Safety office, as well Fredericksburg fire and EMS personnel, were unsuccessful.

Holland, employed at Mary Washington since 2017, was a familiar face “behind the scenes” on campus as he performed maintenance on fire safety systems. For several years prior to that, he worked on UMW fire safety systems as a contractor.

Al is survived by his wife Brenda, two children, and grandchildren. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family.

A viewing will take place next Wednesday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. with another viewing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 8. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday. All will take place at:

Bennett Funeral Home
8014 Lee Davis Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mechanicsville Little League. Al spent more than 30 years on the board of directors and volunteered countless hours to the organization. Mailing address:

P.O. Box 482
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

For UMW employees in need of grief counseling, the following resources are available:
Anthem participants: www.anthemEAP.com, 1-855-223-9277
Company code: Commonwealth of Virginia

Aetna participants: www.mylifevalues.com, 1-888-238-6232
Username and password: COVA
Kaiser Permanente participants: 1-866-517-7042