Lehigh Valley loses prominent businessman and philanthropist, Raymond Holland

Written by on May 20, 2020

Lehigh Valley loses prominent businessman and philanthropist, Raymond Holland

By Monica Evans

May 20, 2020

Raymond E. Holland, who co-founded a chain of hair salons based in Allentown and rose to become a prominent Lehigh Valley businessman and philanthropist, died Tuesday, May 19, 2020, of natural causes, according to his daughter, Lesley Fallon. He was 82. Photo | The Morning Call.

The Lehigh Valley has lost a prominent businessman and philanthropist.

82-year-old Raymond Holland co-founded the chain of Holiday Hair salons in the 1960s that grew to more than 200 locations.

He died today of natural causes, according to his daughter Lesley Fallon. Holland left his mark throughout the Lehigh Valley.

He also owned the Old Hamilton Plaza, a 104 room hotel at 4th and Hamilton streets in Allentown.

Called to civic duty, Holland translated his business success into countless philanthropic causes.

He served on numerous boards and was president of the Lehigh County Historical Society. He was a driving force behind the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum and led a building drive to expand the good shepherd home.

Aside from his civic involvement, Holland loved automobiles. He collected them along with other memorabilia and was a longtime supporter of Allentown’s America on Wheels Museum.

Holland is survived by his daughter Lesley Fallon, her husband Tim Fallon — CEO of Lehigh Valley Public Media — granddaughter Michaela Fallon and his companion Kathryn Meyers.

The family plans to hold a celebration of Holland’s life in the fall.

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