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December 03, 2013
Unlike the majority of people leaving comments that worked with Dr. Collins, or were taught by him, I had the pleasure of meeting him years ago when he purchased the first of several vehicles from me. Dr. and Mrs. Collins were some of the nicest folks I ever had the privilege of meeting. And even though he was a very busy person, he would always seem to find time to call me periodically about things ranging from the car business to kidding me about my affiliations to The University of Tennessee. He was a good friend that I will miss...condolences to the family.
December 02, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Dr. Collins' family, friends, and colleagues. I am a VUMC graduate (class of 1988) and still vividly remember many of his lectures. He was the embodiment of the physician-scholar and a true Southern gentleman.
December 02, 2013
Dr. Collins' enthusiasm for medicine, history, and teaching were a tremendous asset to all of us. Some years ago he took several faculty colleagues and myself on a field trip to Arnold's Country Kitchen (where he was greeted as a favored regular). He then took us to Mt. Olivet cemetery to visit the gravesite of Oswald T. Avery, who won the Nobel prize for discovering that DNA is the genetic material and who spent his last years in Nashville. Dr. Collins read to us from Dr. Avery's letters and writings and gave us copies, which I still have. He will be greatly missed at Vanderbilt and beyond. My condolences to his family.
December 02, 2013
Dr. Collins was also a great teacher to the staff. He gave Debra Ferrin (Leath) and I weekly exams on the history of Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and other things he found to be humorous. He was a perfect gentleman in every way and I will miss him terribly.
December 02, 2013
Dear Mrs. Collins and family:

It is with both sadness and honor that I commemorate the life of Dr. Collins. Dr. Collins served as both professor, mentor, collegue and friend over the last 20 years. He was personally the most distinguished and honorable professor who served as my instructor in over 29 years of academics. Unknown to most, Dr. Collins was paramount in assisting my class in the establishment of our class scholarship fund, the David Freedy Scholarship Fund. The number of lives that Dr. Collins has impacted and will continue to impact is countless.

Few of us will ever achieve in medicine what Dr. Collins accomplished in his lifetime; but it is his memory which inspires me every day of my own career. And for that I would like to thank the greatest professor I ever had.

May you rest in peace.

Robert M. Jotte MD PhD
Denver, CO
Class of 1993
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