Albert B. Rollins Jr.
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Norfolk - Dr. Alfred Brooks Rollins, Jr., born May 28, 1921 in Presque Isle, Maine to Clarissa (Jack) and Alfred B. Rollins, Sr. died February 20 in Norfolk, Va. at the age of 91. He was the cherished husband of Helen Jones since 1981. He is survived by children John D. Rollins of Cheshire, Ct, (Debbie), James S. Rollins of Portsmouth, NH (Cynthia
Van Zandt) and Nancy J. Rowell of Highgate, Vt (Willard). Grandsons Daniel Rollins (Allison Burr), Andrew Rollins (Lauren) and Scott Rollins (Caitlin) and two granddaughters Hannah Van Zandt Rollins, and Elizabeth Rowell (Andrew Porwitzky) and a great grandchild, Xavier. His sister, Marjorie Myer (Robert) of Florence, KY., his half brothers, Christopher and Richard Rollins of Florida, four nieces and one nephew. His sister-in-law Mary Burkhart and his nephew, Harry Burkhart of Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ernestine McMullin in 1972 and his second wife, Faith Kenyon Prior in 1979.
Al grew up in Hartford, Ct and graduated with honors from Hartford High. His college career was launched at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct. Upon graduation in 1942, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a private and served in the 450th Bomb Group, 720th Bomb Squadron in Manduria, Italy. He was honorably discharged from the service as First
Lieutenant after 50 successful missions. Our country's first black army pilots flew cover for these missions, and Al appreciated just how well they did their job. For his valor, Al received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four clusters. He returned to Wesleyan after the war on the GI Bill and received an M.A. in History, 1946. He
continued his graduate education at Harvard University and received a PhD in 1948. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Psi. Al began his lifetime of teaching as an Instructor at New Paltz State Teachers College in l948, and was a full professor when he left in 1963. In 1963 he became Chair of the History Department at SUNY at Binghamton. In 1967, he moved to the University of Vermont as a Professor and soon became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences then Vice President for
Academic Affairs. In 1976 he arrived at Old Dominion University as the University President and led the university until 1985. He left the Presidency in 1985 and returned to teaching history at ODU until he retired in 1991.
A memorial service will be held at Old Dominion University, Webb Center on Friday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. Burial will take place later this Spring in Al's family cemetary in Conway, NH. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a
or the ODU Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. Scholarship Fund for Minority Students. Contact the
following address for scholarship donations; Attn: University Scholarship Coordinator,Office of Student Financial Aid, Old Dominion University, 121 Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. Hall, Norfolk VA 23529-0052 Online Condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 28, 2013