James Larry Holly, M.D.

Profile Updated: May 14, 2017
James Larry Holly, M.D.
Residing In: Beaumont, TX USA
Spouse: Carolyn Ann Bellue
Homepage: www.setma.com
Occupation: Physician
Children: Carrie Elizbeth Holly McMahan January, 1971
Richmond Everett Holly May, 1973


Beau More…McMahan - a freshman at Texas A&M 2012
Hannah Catherine McMahan -- a junior in high school, loves debate -- takes after her grandmother
Holly Victoria McMahan -- eight grade -- loves boys and is a delight -- she is her mother
Elizabeth Ann McMahan -- sixth grade and loves ballet
Emma Caroline Holly -- fifth grade, an excellent student and loves to read
Katherine Ann Holly -- fourth grade an excellent student
Richmond Everett Holly, II -- first grade and a delight
Wyatt Owen Holly -- Pre-kindergarden - has plans for work domination and is well on his way

Beau McMahan 16 years old
Hannah Katherine McMahan 15 years old
Holly Victoria McMahan 11 years old
Elizabeth Ann McMahan 9 years old

Emma Caroline Holly 8 years old
Katherine Anne Holly 7 years old
Richmond Everett Holly II 5 years old
Wyatt Owen Holly 2 years old
James Larry Holly, M.D.


Yes! Attending Reunion

Add Your Answer Here jholly@setma.com


1961-62 Texas A&M university Pre-Veterinary Medicine

1962-65 NSU -- BA History & Philosophy

August 7, 1965 -- Marrried Carolyn Ann Bellue

1965-66 7th Grade Language Golden Meadow Louisiana

1966-67 Baylor MA History
1967-69 Baylor Pre-Medicine

1969-73 University Texas School of Medicine San Antonio
1973-74 Internal Medicine

1974-1976 Emergency Medicine
1976-1995 Private Practice Beaumont Texas
1995-2010 Founder & CEO, Southeast Texas Medical Associates, LLP (SETMA) A multi-specialty clinic


CEO, SETMA (www.setma.com)

President Alumni Association School of Medcine San Antonio (2006-2010)

President, Golden Triangle Physician Alliance (GTPA -- A Federally Qualified Independent Physician Assocation)

Medical Director GTPA -- 1997 to present
Hospitalist for GTPA

The SETMA Foundation -- funding for healthcare needs of SETMA's patietns who cannot afford care


Weekly Health Column -- all posted at www.setma.com under Your Life Your Health

Life and Death: What The Bible Says About Killing Abortion Providers -- an argument against abortion and against anti-abortion violence

Twelve Other Christian Life Books

Disease Mangment Tools and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Patient Management Tools all posted at www.setma.com


Like so many of you with whom I have spoken, my passions are my faith, my family and my friends. The older I get the more interested I am in rediscovering familiar relationships and past experiences. I look forward to our 50th and think at the same time, who of us will be able to attend our 75th.


2012 Distinquished Graduate UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine

2016. Long Putple Line NSU

2017 UT Health San Antonio Aesculapian Laureate Society

2012 HIMSS NATIONAL Physician IT Leadership Award

2014 PC-PCC National Inaugural PC-MH Award

Academic Appointments

UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine Adjunct Professor Department Family and Community Medicine

Texas A&M School of Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Department Internal Medicine

School Story:

The Sunshine of Our Happy Youth: Gaudeamus Igitur
By James L. Holly, MD
Natchitoches High School Class of 1961
Volume I, Number 5, September 25, 2000

One of the frames of the 1928 silent film The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg read, “Let us sing ‘Gaudeamus Igitur.’” In 1954, a talking - and indeed, singing -- Student Prince shows the Prince riding in his carriage away from Heidelberg to assume his responsibilities, as the students of Heidelberg sing Gaudeamus Igitur in the background. While he did not play the role, Mario Lanza sang the 1954 Student Prince. The lyrics and melody of “Golden Days” celebrates the wonder of life with the words:

“Golden days in the sunshine of our happy youth
Golden days full of innocence and full of truth.
In our hearts, we remember them all else above,
Golden days full of youth and love.”

As I introduced this music to my daughter-in-law, I thought of my NHS classmates. I reread in my mind a note which I received from a classmate whom I have not seen in forty years: "I think back, sometimes fondly and sometimes not so fondly, of our high school years." Everyone has mixed memories -- some good, some not so good, but amazingly the bad seem to fade with time and the good remain to be remembered warmly and with joy.

In the Student Prince, the King of Karlsburg sends his rigid and arrogant grandson - a Prussian Pickle, he is called -- to the University of Heidelberg to learn the graces of life. In his first class, the Professor of Ancient History asks the Prince to name a figure of great significance in the pre-Christian era. The Prince named Alexander the Great. to which, the Professor replied, “Ah, but Aristotle was opening the minds of men.” The Prince retorted, “Can you name anyone more powerful than Alexander?” And, the Professor, to the discomfiture of the Prince, responded, “The Gorilla!” The education of this young aristocrat had begun.

Every member of the 1961 Class learned such lessons -- some just as painfully as the young Crown Prince. In turn, the Prince learns about loyalty, love and life. He learns that the quality of a man comes from within, not without. He learns that the measure of a man is his character, not his title or position. In his learning, there is echoed the lament of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who looked forward to the day when his son “would be judged by his character rather than by the color of his skin.”

At one point, the Student Prince is tempted to abandon his responsibilities and to do what he thinks will make him happy. Fortunately, he learns the lesson that happiness can only be found in fulfilling one’s responsibilities. As the Prince, now the King, visits Heidelberg for the last time, he speaks with Kathy - his one true love. On his way to be married to another, the King assures Kathy that she is his only love. She wisely corrects him and tells him that she is his “first love.” As we anticipate the reunion, how many of us in the Class of '61 will be remembering our "first love," as we delight in the true love of our life?

Kathy smiles as she sends the King away, but tears flow down her cheeks as he turns away for the last time. The King joins his mentor in his carriage. And, as they ride away, the refrain Gaudeamus Igitur is heard in the background.

Gaudeamus igitur
Iuvenes dum sumus;
Post iucundam iuventutem
Post molestam senectutem
Nos habit humus…

The words mean:

Let us live, then, and be glad
While young life’s before us!
‘After youthful pastime had,
After old age hard and sad,
Earth will slumber o’er us…

Brief is life, and
Briefly shall be ended…”

As the NHS Class of '61 plans itd reunion, we are each remembering the "Golden Days" of our youth. We are keenly aware that after our youth, life is brief. It is the brevity of that life which endears "reunion" to each of us. It is in the celebrating of our youth that we embrace our life. It is in remembering the loves of our childhood that we renew "the love" of our life.

Now that the days of our youth are gone, we remember the "sunshine of our happy youth," which will warm our hearts and lives always. And, now, we can add the radiance of our adult lives to that sunshine, brightening the lives of all in the process. I can hear the words now in my mind, Gaudeamus igitur. I can see the faces of children whom I loved. I look forward to seeing the faces of adults radiant with the reflection of the memories of those Golden Days. I look forward to sharing what has become of my life with the children -- now adults -- with whom I grew up. I look forward to sharing what has become of their lives. Renewal and reunion are not so different after all.

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Nov 08, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Sorry I missed telling you HAPPY BIRTHDAY on your birthday!!!
I was out of town and not paying attention . . .

Nov 04, 2017 at 6:48 AM

Happy birthday, Don. Our age rapid approaches out I.Q. Smile. Hope to see you before we reach 75.

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Posted on: Jun 09, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Happy Birthday. Kathleen. You have brought great delight to your parents, your brothers, your husband, children, grandchildren and to your friends. You have been a faithful servant of Christ for as long as I have known you which has been at least since 1955 (62 years). May God's richest blessings be experienced by you today.

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Just thought I'd make sure you got a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me, as I also did so on your FB page . . .

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