Godfrey, Ill. – Jack Holland, of Dow, celebrated his 90th birthday a little early, but just the way he planned — swimming at the Hatheway Hall pool with his friends.
Holland, whose birthday was on Aug. 23, has been swimming at Lewis and Clark Community College’s pool for 22 years and rarely misses a day. The WWII veteran and retired McDonnell-Douglas corporate pilot who swims five times a week received recognition from Dale Chapman, college president (pictured with Holland) and a birthday party from his friends at the pool last week.
“Jack said he wanted to live long enough to still be swimming with us all when he turned 90, and here he is still swimming. He is a great guy, and we were glad to celebrate with him on his special day, said Vice President of Student Life George Terry, who became friends with Holland when they met at the pool.
Photo by Paige Allen