Stanley N. Hollander, 91; businessman, entrepreneur, community volunteer

Stanley N. Hollander

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Stanley N. Hollander, businessman, entrepreneur and supporter of numerous causes in the Jewish and general communities, died Wednesday, Oct. 7. He was 91 and a longtime St. Louis-area resident.

Mr. Hollander was born in St. Louis on Dec. 9, 1923, the son of Herman and Bertha Rubin Hollander. He grew up in Clayton, attending Demun Grade School and Clayton High School. Mr. Hollander attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. 

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, becoming a commissioned officer and a meteorologist. He flew weather observation flights, and was decorated for his research on improving long distance storm detection equipment, using Sferics.  

Continuing education during his time in the Air Corps included Brown University. He spent time transferring results from the Sferics efforts to the University of Florida. He returned to MIT at the end of the war, became president of its chapter of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree focusing on both engineering and management, in 1947.

Mr. Hollander was admired for his leadership and managerial skills as a businessman, entrepreneur and active member of the community.  He was chairman, president and CEO of Hollander & Company, Inc.; co-founder of Joan’s Antiques with his late wife, the former Joan Feld, and was president of Merrick Machinery, Brian Industrial & Lesley Finance companies.  He was also a board member of Hollander and Company; Jefferson-Gravois Bank, and Jaeger Machine Company.  Mr. Hollander was a member of the advisory councils for Zenith Radio Corporation and the Kelvinator Division of American Motors Corporation.  

Among his philanthropic activities, he served as vice chairman of Jewish Hospital, board member of the Barnes-Jewish Foundation and Jewish Federation of St. Louis; vice president of Temple Israel, and vice president and board member of Westwood Country Club.  He was a lifelong Master Mason (32nd degree) and Shriner and trustee of a fund for Excellence in Nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Hollander; two sons, Robert Hollander (Hulian), and Michael Hollander, and two grandsons.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 11, at the New Mount Sinai Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Rd., where Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh of Temple Emanuel officiated.  Family and friends gathered after the service at Westwood County Club.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.