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HOLLAND, Mary Ann. (Dubuque, IA- ). Wife of Lee Holland, hostage of Iranian militants. Holland (Mary Ann Connolly) met her future husband while both worked at a local restaurant. He was a student at LORAS COLLEGE.

Beginning in November 1979, Lee Holland was held hostage in the American embassy for fourteen months before being freed on the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States.