Jayne Lee Hollander, M.D., 75, of Louisville, passed away on May 17, 2023. She was born in Tell City, IN and grew up in Calhoun, KY. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Hollander and Opal Peckenpaugh Hollander.
She graduated from the University of Kentucky, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in biology. That was followed by graduating with Honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1974. She then moved to Rochester, MN and began advanced medical training at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Pathology and a fellowship in Blood Banking.
In 1979, she relocated to Louisville and assumed the position of Director/Medical Director for American Red Cross Blood Services. After seven years she became the Director of the Blood Bank for University of Louisville Hospital for four years. She then joined a private medical practice and served as a pathologist and blood bank physician for seventeen years at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, New Albany, IN. In 1994 she served as the hospital’s Chief of the Medical Staff. She finally served as a physician consultant to the Blood Bank at University of Louisville Hospital for eight years until her retirement from medical practice 2013.
Dr. Hollander was a strong people-oriented person with a long history of thinking in other people’s interest and offering her support to them. She was a Kentucky Colonel and had a long list of organizations to which she provided charitable support over the years. Her hobbies were varied. She was an avid reader, loved working on needlepoint projects and playing bridge with friends. She had a keen interest in ancient Egyptian history through the years. The interest was so keen that she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Louisville in her spare time during the latter stages of her career as a pathologist. She enjoyed playing many rounds of golf at Harmony Landing Country Club and was generous in conceding putts. She was an ardent fan of University of Kentucky football and after her marriage became an excellent fan of the Chicago Cubs. She was a true dog lover and owned several Doberman Pinchers over a thirty-five year period.
She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, Gregory Pilotte. She is also survived by her brothers, Joe Hollander (Judy), Owensboro, KY and John Hollander (Trina), Calhoun, KY. She is also survived by a loving cousin, Danny Peckenpaugh (Sandy), Tell City, IN. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Pilotte and Jayne Delmore-Pilotte, Libertyville, IL. She is survived by five nieces and nephews and one newly born great nephew. She was preceded in passing by her brother Jeff Hollander in 1999.
After dealing with an idiopathic cardiomyopathy for fourteen years, Dr. Hollander was fortunate enough to receive a heart transplant in 2017 through the outstanding patient-oriented efforts of Dr. Emma Birks, Director of the Heart Transplant Program at Jewish Hospital and the cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Mark Slaughter.
She was grateful to them and the anonymous heart donor for extending her life. When Dr. Birks assumed responsibility for heart failure and heart transplants at the University of Kentucky Healthcare at its Gill Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr Hollander sought routine maintenance of her transplant from Dr. Birks’ extremely expert team. They provided her with incredible patient focused support during the four years she was a patient of theirs.
Visitation 3 to 8 pm Friday, May 26, 2023, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.
The burial at Cave Hill Cemetery will be private for family members.
Donations in Dr. Hollander’s memory may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society 1000 Lyndon Lane Suite B, Louisville, KY 40222, or the UK Gill Heart and Vascular Institute PO Box 34184, Lexington, KY 40588.
Arrangements under the direction of Pearson’s, “Where Louisville Goes To Remember”.