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Published in CenterView on February 10, 2014

In memoriam: "Bo" Holloman

Dr. Garland Hamilton “Bo” Holloman Jr., professor of psychiatry, medical director of the psychiatry emergency service, assistant professor of emergency medicine and associate professor of neurology at UMMC, died Feb. 7 following a lengthy illness. He was 70.


A 1960 graduate of Clarksdale High School, Holloman earned the B.A. in biology in 1964 at Millsaps College. He received his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics in 1969 and his M.D. in 1973 from UMMC. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa, and completed a year of residency in neurology at UMMC.

Recipient of many awards and honors, including several times named Teacher of the Year for his contribution and dedication to didactic teaching and clinical supervision, he was recognized for his work in the field of investigation trials for the DSM5. He also was instrumental in establishing the Crisis Intervention Team for Hinds County and passing legislation critical to its success.

He chaired Project Beta, a multidisciplinary collaboration that created Best Practices Guidelines for evaluation and treatment of acute agitation with humane, non-coercive approaches now used around the world.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Jackson. Holloman will be buried in the Itta Bena Cemetery in Itta Bena.

Memorials may be be sent to the Holloman Family Endowed Scholarship at Millsaps College, 1701 North State, Jackson, MS 39210.