William H. Collins (Teacher)

William H. Collins (Teacher)

BATAVIA - William H. Collins, 92, dean of administration at Genesee Community College from 1967 to 1974, died Thursday (Dec. 26, 2002) at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Collins was born April 25, 1910, in Mechanicville, the son of the late Harvey R. and Jeanette Martin Collins.

In addition to his position at GCC, he provided tax and accounting services for more than 50 years. He was a member for more than 65 years, past president and director of the Batavia Kiwanis Club, having received the George F. Haxson Fellowship Award from Kiwanis International.

Mr. Collins was also a member and former vestryman of St. James Episcopal Church; member and past president of the Batavia Teachers Association and the Northeastern Zone of NYS Teachers Association: member and past president of the 20-30 Club of the Presbyterian Church; former teacher at Batavia High School and chairman of the business department; past president of the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Fund.

At the time of his death, Mr. Collins was executive vice president of Genesee Patron Cooperative Insurance Co.

Mr. Collins was twice married; his first wife Helen died in 1982 and Mary died in 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, H. Lynne Collins of Corning; two brothers, Lewis G (Katherine) Collins of Greenwich, N.Y., and Donal A. (Betty) Collins of Saratoga Springs; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was brother of the late Robert, Edward, Pauline Wygant, Lillian, Louise, Edna Russom and Alys Sibley.

Friends may call from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia. A Kiwanis Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main St. Burial will be in Hudson View Cemetery, Mechanicville.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Scholarship Fund of Genesee Community College, St. James Episcopal Church of Batavia or the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia.