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December 26, 2013
I was given the opportunity to know Dr. Collins while a pathology resident at Vanderbilt in the mid-1980's. Having attended medical school at UAB before residency I had already heard "Dr. Collins stories" passed down from the hand-ful of his previous students which were UAB resident physicians at the time I knew them. It was clear before I ever knew the man that he was revered, loved, and greatly respected by all who had encountered him while in medical school at Vanderbilt. Today, 30 years after meeting Dr Collins, I am proud to say that I knew the man, the physician, who truly was a gentleman and a scholar and to this day he is still held in the highest regard, and was my most influential mentor. I will always consider Dr. Collins to be the "gold-standard" to which physicians should be held accountable.
December 05, 2013
I recall fondly one late evening signing out cases with him at Vanderbilt hemepath as a resident. When I inquired of him how many cells does it take to make a diagnosis of cancer, he contemplated for a moment then quietly chuckled "Only one. But it has to be the right one". Another time we were looking at negative AFB and GMS stains for what seemed like an inordinate amount of time and I inquired how long should a pathologist examine a special stain and once again he quietly responded " Long enough that you are convinced they are negative". Lastly, I recall when I was interviewing for residency he asked me to describe some of my friends to him. I never really understood why until years later I learned that a good judge of one's character is the folks that one associates with. He will be missed.
December 04, 2013
Dear Mrs. Collins and family,
It is difficult to express what Dr. Collins meant to me as a student (43 years ago)and how that association has impacted my life ever since. I have the utmost gratitude for being able to attend Vanderbilt Medical School and at having him as my teacher/mentor. I have tried to emulate him in my life as a physician and will continue to until I die.
December 04, 2013
It has been 15+ years since those memorable organ recitals and pathology classes with Dr. Collins, but I still use the skills that I learned from him on a daily basis. His teaching style brought out the best from his students, because he believed in our ability. I am grateful to have been one of them. The world has lost an exceptional teacher, but his work lives on in each of us. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
December 03, 2013
It was a great honor to have the privilege to know Dr. Collins. His caring heart and the wisdom he shared will not be forgotten. Dr. Collins will have a special place in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Collins and family.

Dorota, Krzysztof, Claudia and Thomas Marosz
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