ROBERT COLLINS

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June 3, 1930 - July 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Dr. Robert Joseph Collins, Jr. was born at home in New Orleans, LA on June 3, 1930, to Robert J. and Louise B. Collins. He died peacefully following an extended illness in Edmond, OK on July 9, 2013, at the age of 83. Robert, known as Bob, graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans, LA and went on to earn his B.S. degree in Geology from Tulane University in 1951. That year, he married his great love, Jane Anne Fornof, and went on to have five wonderful children. Bob joined the Naval ROTC in order to finance his college education, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant (J.G.) upon his honorable discharge. Bob furthered his education at Louisiana State University, earning a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology, becoming the first LSU graduate to attain that level of education in Geology, in 1956. Bob was courted and offered a position with Shell Oil Company. During his tenure at Shell, he travelled the world exploring for oil and gas, going to such countries as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Cambodia. He even moved his family of 6.5 to The Hague, Netherlands, to be a part of Shell's first offshore explorations, spending his last three years with Shell in Midland, TX. In 1969, Bob was offered and accepted an opportunity to become Vice President of Exploration for Eason Oil, a private, family-held company based in Oklahoma City, OK. Within six months, he was promoted to President and subsequently CEO and Chairman of the Board, eventually taking the company public and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Thereafter, he negotiated the sale of Eason Oil to ITT Corporation, where he continued as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board until ITT Corporation began selling individual units of the company during the late 1980s. Bob then founded Colloil, Inc. and continued in the oil and gas exploration and production business until his death. He mentored many young, aspiring oilmen, taking great joy in their successes and careers, and was often sought out by his fellow oilmen for advice due to his expertise, brilliant geologic mind and as said by many, his "uncanny ability to smell oil in the ground." Bob's beloved wife, Jane, succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 60 in 1990 after 39 wonderful years of marriage, exciting adventures and challenges raising five children. Only after great grief was Bob blessed to meet and marry the second love of his life, Nan Fuller Stonecipher, of Atlanta, GA, gaining two stepsons. Bob and Nan maintained homes in Atlanta and Oklahoma City so that they could be close to their children and grandchildren, whom they loved dearly. Bob was a longtime member of Quail Creek Golf & Country Club; past President of the Petroleum Club of OKC; a Director of Earth Satellite Corporation; and a board member of the Allied Arts Foundation, the OKC Zoological Society, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, the Frontiers of Science Foundation of Oklahoma and the American Petroleum Institute. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, tennis player and golfer, hitting a hole-in-one and winning many tournaments. Bob is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nan; his children and their spouses, Jane Collins, Anne Roach, Robert and Catherine Collins, William and Anne Collins, and Clay Collins; his grandchildren, Catherine (Roach) and Lucas Daniels, Erin Roach, Caroline Collins, and Cameron and Carly Collins; his stepsons and their spouses, Steve and Heather Stonecipher and Chris and Danielle Stonecipher; and grandchildren, Laurel Mishkin and Sarah Ann Stonecipher and David and Olivia Stonecipher. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria (Dodie) Baudier, of Greenville, SC; and brother and sister-in-law, Donald O. and Mary Kay Collins, of New Orleans, LA; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. The family would like to acknowledge and express deep appreciation for the care and love Bob received from Paula Avery, Jeremy Allen and Jaylene Sain of Caregiver Connection; and Shannon McClure, Barbara Benson, Juana Lazano, Tiarra Woody, Perri Jo Johnson, Lyn Detphong, Carmen Burns and Jaime Dominguez of Eden Care Homes, LLC (The Cottage). A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. at Casady School's Chapel of St. Edward the Confessor, 9500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC, OK 73120, followed by a brief reception with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Research Foundation, the , or a .

Published in The Oklahoman on July 14, 2013
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