At Princeton, she roomed in Princeton Inn and majored in French. Holly spent her junior year abroad at the Sorbonne.
Holly graduated from Boston University Law School in 1979 and settled in Birmingham, Ala., working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She also ran a small experimental theater and tried her hand at play writing.
In the 1990s Holly moved to our nation’s capital as a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also took a pause to pursue her dream of creative writing, graduating with an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1993.
For 15 years at the DOJ, Holly handled voting-rights cases and prosecuted hate crimes, police brutality, and human trafficking cases. In 2000 she received the John Marshall Award, the highest honor given by the Department of Justice.
In 2013 Holly returned home to Mobile, where she worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama until her retirement in February 2020. Her hobbies included singing in multiple local choirs, including Bella Voce of Mobile, playing the piano, and sewing quilts.
The class officers extend deepest sympathy to her five siblings.