Walter Winslow HOLLIS

November 13, 1926July 27, 2018

WALTER WINSLOW HOLLIS, 91, died on Friday, July 27, 2018, at his home in Springfield, VA. Born in Braintree, MA, he received his B.S. from Northeastern University (Physics and Mathematics) and his M.S. from George Washington University (International Relations). He was an Army veteran who served in World War II. He served for 56 years at the U.S. Department of Defense, including 26 years as Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research until his retirement in 2006. Beloved husband of the late Dorcas Ann Hollis (née Menear), he is survived by his four children, Nancy Ann Smith of Abilene, TX; Jeffrey Lee Hollis Sr. of Fresno, CA; David Michael Hollis of Washington, D.C.; and Susan Jane Breisch of Springfield, VA; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Services on August 25 at 11:00 a.m. at All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northeastern University Veterans and Servicemembers Scholarship Fund or to Fisher House Foundation. Donations to Northeastern can be made online at or by mail to Northeastern University, Advanced Information Systems, 118 Cushing Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Donations to Fisher House Foundation can be made at


  • Walter Winslow Hollis Memorial Service Saturday, August 25, 2018

Walter Winslow HOLLIS

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David Ferbrache

November 6, 2018

Walt - you did so much to build transatlantic cooperation on operational research. The British Army owes you a great debt and you did so much to inspire and challenge many analysts. For my part it was an honour to work with you, and you taught me much in our work together on many joint projects, exercises and simulations. You have left a legacy - and not just in the US.

Myra Baugh

August 7, 2018

I considered Mr Hollis the “Super Hero” of the Army’ Test Community. He always kept the soldier’ s best interest as his first priority.

Fred Bowden

August 1, 2018

Walt was a great friend to Australian Defence Science, having worked closely with us over many years. We are still benefiting from his generosity and willingness to share his knowledge and wisdom. Without him, we would not have achieved many of the things that we have. The footprints he has left on Australian Defence Operations Research will remain visible for decades to come.

Warren Olson

July 31, 2018

It was a pleasure to work with, and for, Mr. Hollis during brief periods of my career -- first on Laser Safety issues and much later on international working parties. Traveling to dinner one evening on a bus in West Texas, we discovered that our family trees may have crossed in Braintree, Mass. I wish Walt's family well as they celebrate the life of a very Honorable Man.

Pete Reid

July 30, 2018

I first met Walt when he visited the Ballistic Research Labs to ask for help with an assignment from LTG Bunker: provide analyses of the danger that each of our lasers in development (mostly range-finders) posed to friendly soldier eye safety. We provided analyses and a report for each system. Walt proceeded with many requests for help through his years at CDEC, OTEA, and as the DUSA-OR. Fortunately my bosses supported me in my work with Walt. He provided the single most important influence on my career, along with my wife, and he found the time to help my wife as well. He was a great friend, an amazing man, who set the standard for common sense across the Army. His influence has been missed since the moment that he retired.

David Chu

July 30, 2018

I had the great privilege of working with--and learning from--Walt Hollis when he served as Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, in the later years of his tenure. He was already by that time established as the Service's true friend, willing to offer candid advice that might be resisted at first, but ultimately acted on to the benefit of our nation's soldiers. Walt was the ideal civil servant, whose dedication and principles explain why in the end our government serves its citizenry well. He was respected by all, and an inspiration to many.

David Chu

Max Bunyard

July 29, 2018

Having worked directly for Walt in the early stages of OTEA I learned what operational testing was supposed to accomplish—ensure the Army provided to the soldier in the field the best equipment possible. He was truly the brains behind seeing this mission was accomplished. A man of honesty, integrity and professionalism in everything he did. One of the greatest gentleman I had the pleasure of working with in my 34+ years of military service.

Bud Forster

July 29, 2018

Walt was a boulder of common sense amid a quarry of pet rocks.