Physician; medical administrator;  philanthropist. Born– Vicksburg, Miss., March 16, 1911.   Parents– Neil and Effie (Alston) Callahan. Married– Eivor Holst, 1941. Children– Six. Education– Mississippi College, A.B., 1929; Tulane University, M.D, 1933, M.S. in Opthalmology, 1936. U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1942-46.   Served on the staff of the Eye Foundation, Carraway Methodist and University Hospitals; founder and first department chair of the Department of Opthamology at UAB.Raised funds and helped to found the Eye Foundation Hospital, beginning in 1962 (Hospital was named in his honor in 1997); founded the International Retinal Research Foundation in 1997.  Supported civic and charitable causes including the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association and the Birmingham Museum of Art;  the Indian and Southeast Asian Art Gallery at the Museum was named in his honor in 1996.  Inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, 1996; elected to the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens of Birmingham, 2000.  Died October 28, 2005.


Who’s Who in America, 1978; website of the Alabama Academy of Honor.


Reconstructive Surgery of the Eyelids and Ocular Andexa. Springfield, Ill. ; Thomas, 1966.

Surgery of the Eye, Diseases. Springfield, Ill. ; Thomas, 1956.

Surgery of the Eye, Injuries. Springfield, Ill. ; Thomas, 1950.


Opthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery. Birmingham, Ala.; Aesculapius Pub. Co., 1979

Opthalmic Plastic Surgery–up-to-date. Birmingham, Ala.; Aesculapius Pub. Co., 1970.