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Robert Hilliard Collins III

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Robert Hilliard Collins III In Memoriam
May 5, 1935 - June 26, 2014 Robert Hilliard Collins, III, died peacefully at his home in Bel Air, CA, having lost his heroic battle with Parkinson's disease, with his loving wife, Emily, by his side. Bob was born to Nancy and Robert H. Collins, Jr. in Beverly Hills and was a third generation Californian. He graduated from Stanford University, lettering in varsity football while earning his B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a Lieutenant J.G. in the U.S. Navy Reserve, after which he launched his long and distinguished career in the oil, gas and mining industries, holding a number of management and executive positions, including Chief Engineer with Best Industries, Inc. and Exec. VP of Cyprus Mines. But Bob's first love was as an entrepreneur. In 1967 he founded Inter-Tech Resources, which engaged in mineral exploration in the U.S. and Canada. He successfully negotiated and subsequently drilled oil and gas leases with the City of Los Angeles, as well as taking the company public with a successful $2 million underwriting and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company also developed a large gas field in Lake Erie with drilling rights granted by the Canadian government. Bob subsequently founded NRG Nu-fuels Co. which pioneered the creation and development of the landfill methane gas recovery and utilization industry. He built the world's first plant in Palos Verdes, CA, and the world's largest gas recovery plant on Staten Island, NY. Among other related patents, Bob was a co-recipient of the patent for the gas separation/purification process from a sanitary landfill. After his company was acquired by Reserve Oil and Gas which was itself acquired by Getty Oil, Bob served as President, CEO and Board member of GSF Energy, Inc. (formerly Getty Synthetic Fuels, Inc.). Bob was a dynamic and highly respected and admired leader who successfully operated in the worlds of government, finance, engineering and construction. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club and the Southern California Counseling Center. In addition, he was on the Boards of a number of civic and philanthropic organizations including: the Great Western Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Chemistry Advisor Council, California State University, Long Beach; UCLA Solid Waste Management Program Advisory Board; and the Environmental Action Coalition, New York City. He was also a proud member of the Society of California Pioneers and the Jonathan Club, Los Angeles. Bob left such a positive mark on our world, and now leaves a great void in our hearts. He was a positive, resilient, loving man. He was a gentle leader, admired for his business acumen, his strength and courage, as well as his confident, loving support of others. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Emily (Banks); his beloved daughter Jayne (Mark) Mordell, Portola Valley, CA; cherished granddaughters Melissa (Gregory) Woepse, San Francisco, CA and Mary Jayne Mordell, Chicago, IL; cousins Elizabeth (Richard) Miller, Brentwood, CA, John (Carla) Marshall, St. Louis, MO and Tyler (Steffie) Marshall, Sabillasville, MD.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 26 to June 28, 2015
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