R. Holland Brady, Jr.

Published 3:42 pm Friday, June 21, 2013

R. Holland Brady Jr. died June 20, 2013 in Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum, S.C. one day short of his 88 birthday.

He was born June 21, l925, the son of the late R. Holland  Brady, Sr. and Julia Carroll Brady in Tryon at the old St. Luke’s Hospital over the present site of Owen’s Pharmacy.  He was a graduate of Tryon High School.

Following his freshman year at Clemson University, Holland served in World War II as a medic earning the Combat Medical Badge, three Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Victory Medal and the Purple Heart.  He was a Sergeant with the 95th Infantry Division and saw action in France, Germany, and Belgium.

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After the war, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Architecture.  He did internships in Chicago and Asheville before moving back to Tryon in l951 where he worked under Tryon architect Shannon Meriwether, later becoming a partner and eventually taking over the firm.  Dean Trakas later joined the firm as partner.  Holland continued working for over 60 years having designed hundreds of distinctive homes, commercial buildings and churches in the Carolinas, receiving numerous design honors.  He taught courses at Clemson University and Converse College.