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Rhodes Holliman

Professor Emeritus of Zoology


Born: Feb 28, 1928, Birmingham, Alabama

  • Early education: Birmingham Public School system
  • 1950 B.S. Biology, Samford University, Birmingham, AL
  • 1951 A.B. Psychology, Samford University
  • 1953 M.S. Zoology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • 1953-1955, United States Army, Dugway Proving Ground, research and development of WMD
  • 1960 Ph.D. Parasitology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Holliman served as Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University (1960-61), then Florida State University (1961-62) before coming to the Biology Department at Virginia Tech in 1962.

Over 29 years, Holliman with a dozen graduate students pursued research in medical parasitology, including the epidemiology of schistosomiasis and trichinosis in mammals. Popular courses, especially among the pre-med students, were his Medical Parasitology, Medical Protozoology, Medical Helminthology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Holliman served as Assistant Professor of Zoology (1962-64), Associate Professor of Zoology (1964-71), and Professor of Zoology (1971-91).

Holliman pursued his interest in tropical medicine, traveling to Guatemala for several years as house staff of the Behrhorst Hospital at Chimaltenango. He was appointed as Fellow in Tropical Medicine by L.S.U. Medical School in 1972. While at Virginia Tech in 1966, his diverse interests led to the undertaking of an archeological excavation of a prehistoric Indian village once located at the site of the present Blacksburg Country Club. He retired in 1991.