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Dr. Robert J. Collins, retired obstetrician April 17, 1919 -- March 8, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Robert J. Collins, a former Buffalo obstetrician, will be offered at 10 a.m. April 21 in St. Christopher Catholic Church, Hobe Sound, Fla.

Dr. Collins, of Tequesta, Fla., died March 8 in Hospice Palm Beach County after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Olean, he graduated from Amherst Central High School, where he met his wife of 65 years, the former Jane Kreher.

He graduated from Colgate University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he was a member of Phi Chi.

He interned at Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital in Elmira and for three years was a resident physician at Millard Fillmore Hospital.

He later became chief of the obstetrics-gynecology department at Millard Fillmore and administrator of its suburban facility. He also managed a successful private practice for many years, delivering more than 11,000 babies.

Dr. Collins was an associate professor of OB/GYN at the UB Medical School, a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN, a diplomate of the American Board of OB/GYN and the National Board of Medical Examiners and a member of the State Medical Society.

He retired at age 62.

With his partner, Dr. Harry Pappas, he helped develop the use of cryosurgery for gynecology, which led to his inclusion in Who's Who of Medicine.

He was active in the Holy Name Society, Catholic Physicians Guild, American Legion and his fraternities.

He was a captain in the Army Medical Corps' 115 General Hospital, 63rd Division, in Europe during World War II.

He enjoyed golf and scored five holes in one. He was a former member of Cherry Hill Club in Ontario and Tequesta Country Club. He also enjoyed traveling.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Maureen of Philadelphia, Christine Tucker of Denver and Jacquelyn of San Diego; a son, Dennis of Tequesta; a sister,

Nancy Bailey of Hartford, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

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