Richard E. Collins, a dear friend and long-time benefactor of Plymouth State University, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:45 a.m. after a brief illness.
Visitors will be received from 9–11 a.m. at Edgerley Funeral Home at 86 S. Main St. in Rochester, N.H., on Dec. 8; the funeral will follow at 11 a.m.
R.E. and his late wife Jeannette Morey Collins established Collinette Kennels in Wilton, N.H., breeding some of the state’s finest collie champions. R.E. founded and was the first president of the Collie Club of New Hampshire. For more than 15 years, he taught at the high school level in both Maine and New Hampshire. After retiring in 1980, he moved to Alton, N.H.
His generosity to PSU was truly exceptional. He supported scholarships in art, music, foreign language, and education; funded the Jeanneatte and Richard E. Collins Endowment and the Jeannette and Richard E. Collins Challenge Fund; supported women’s studies, the Educational Theatre Collaborative, PSU field hockey, performing arts programming, campus activities, the Center for Women’s Services, and international touring by the Symphonic Band and the PSU Concert Choir. His service on the PSU President’s Council encouraged others to support PSU’s programs as well.
R.E.’s devotion to Plymouth State was recognized when the new student art gallery in the D&M building was named in his honor and the atrium entrance to the Boyd Science Center was named in memory of Jeannette Morey Collins. Most recently, R.E. was the first recipient of the Richard E. Collins Philanthropy Medal. The Collins Philanthropy Medal honors those exhibiting R.E.’s spirit and the same distinguished philanthropy to Plymouth State University.
“R.E. was extraordinarily generous to Plymouth State University, and his legacy is significant,” said President Sara Jayne Steen. “On Friday, the Plymouth State University flag will fly at half-staff in mourning and tribute to R.E. Collins.”