Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor. (American Medical News file photograph.)
George Leonard Collins, Jr, MD, 75, former
member of the American Medical Association's (AMA's) Board of Trustees (1983-1989)
and associate clinical professor of medicine at the State University of New
York at Buffalo, died August 29, 1996, in Buffalo.
Dr Collins was a native of New York City whose education was interrupted
by service in World War II with the Navy and Coast Guard. He received his
BS degree from Yale University in 1945 and his MD from the University of Buffalo
School of Medicine in 1948. He took his training in internal medicine and
cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He was certified
by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1957.
Dr Collins held staff positions at Buffalo General Hospital and Roswell
Park Memorial Institute, where he was associate chief cancer research internist.
Dr Collins was an effective and forthright advocate for the private
practice of medicine and was committed to organized medicine at all levels,
starting as president of the Medical Society of the County of Erie (1966-1967),
president of the Medical Society of the State of New York (1976-1977), and
delegate to the AMA from the New York Medical Society (1976-1983), serving
as chairman of the delegation from 1977-1982. In 1983 he was elected to the
AMA Board of Trustees where he served as secretary, treasurer, and chairman
of the finance committee. In his many roles in organized medicine, his focus
was always on what was best for his patients.
Dr Collins was also a civic activist in the Buffalo area. He held important
posts in the United Fund, the Health and Planning Council of Western New York,
United Health Foundation, and the Buffalo Historical Society.
He was named an outstanding citizen by the Buffalo
News in 1977, and in 1979 Governor Hugh Carey appointed Dr Collins
to the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, a position he
held for 10 years.
He was founder and director of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance
Company and medical director of the International Life Insurance Company.
He was probably known best in Buffalo as founder, director, and executive
board member of the Buffalo Sabres' professional hockey team. He was an avid
hockey fan and rarely missed a game.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jean; a son, George L. III;
a daughter, Phoebe Bridgman of Boston, Mass; and a sister, Margery Marcyes
of Calabash, NC.
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