Born: March 30, 1928, in Adelaide, South Australia
Died: November 2, 2002, in Silver Spring, Maryland
Married: Lorna Hannaford, on May 24, 1952
Children: Mark Collins and Michael Collins
Dr. Frank Collins was an internationally recognized tuberculosis researcher. He worked at Trudeau Institute from about 1965 to 1993, when he moved to Washington, D.C., as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist for the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He retired in 2001.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, November 5, 2002.
SARANAC LAKE Longtime resident of Saranac Lake, Dr. Frank Collins, 74, died suddenly at his home in Silver Springs, Md. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on March 30, 1928, he was the son of Frank and Ethelwyn (Littler) Collins.
Dr. Collins, an internationally recognized tuberculosis researcher, was well known in the scientific community for his pioneering studies that defined the nature of host protective immune responses to tuberculosis bacterium. Based on these finding, he initiated seminal studies that identified promising new vaccines for tuberculosis. One of his most significant achievements was his development of a mouse model of pulmonary tuberculosis; this animal is currently being used in laboratories throughout the world to test new tuberculosis vaccine preparations. Dr. Collins attended Adelaide University and earned a bachelor's, master's, a doctoral degree as well as a graduate degree in immunochemistry in 1961. After teaching for four years at the same university, he accepted a position at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. Dr. Collins spent the next 28 years extremely productive years as a senior scientist at the Trudeau. In 1993, Dr. Collins began a new career in government service as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist for the FDA's Center for Biologies Evaluation and Research in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Collins retired from the FDA in 2001."
During his prolific career, Dr. Collins published nearly 180 scientific manuscripts and wrote 20 book chapters. He was a member of six scientific societies and was honored with emeritus status by both the American Society for Immunologists and the Leukocyte Biology Society. Dr. Collins was enthusiastically involved in the scientific peer review process, even in his retirement, and was selected to be a member of the editorial boards of three prestigious scientific journals. Furthermore, he was a member of numerous scientific communities including review panels for the American Thoracic Society and the National Institutes of Health. Perhaps Frank's most satisfying committee involvement was his eight year association with the US-Japan Medical Services Program as Chair of the Collaborative Tuberculosis Research Project.
He was a member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading, but his life was science.
He is survived by his wife, the former Loma Hannaford, whom he married on May 24, 1952; two sons, Mark Collins of Atlanta, Ga., and Michael Collins of Rochester, N.H., and two grandchildren: David Collins and Madeline Collins.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Saranac Lake, with the Rev. George Nagle officiating. Burial will follow at Harrietstown Cemetery in Saranac Lake.
Friends wishing to remember Dr. Collins may make memorial contributions to Trudeau Institute.