March 13, 1929 – Jan. 14, 2015
LEWISTON – Franklyn McQueen Collins, an electronics company executive and longtime Lewiston-Porter School Board member, died Jan. 14 under care of Niagara Hospice in his Lewiston home. He was 85.
Born in Toronto, Ont., he moved to Kenmore with his family in 1939 and graduated from Kenmore High School. He attended Michigan State University on a track scholarship and earned a degree in chemistry. He completed a doctorate in physics at the University of Buffalo.
Mr. Collins began working for Airco Speer in Niagara Falls. In 1978, he and a group of investors purchased the company’s electronics division and founded Ohmtek Corp., where he served as president for 10 years.
In 1982, he helped found Micropen Technologies Corp., a Rochester-area company that developed a system for printing microcircuits, and was its chief executive officer.
He served as national chairman of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, held numerous patents and received many awards.
A longtime Lewiston resident, he was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston and served on the Lewiston-Porter School Board for 20 years.
He and his wife were members of the Niagara Falls Country Club, the Youngstown Yacht Club and the Holimont Ski Club. He sailed Lake Ontario in his boat, Ohm Sweet Ohm, and enjoyed camping and skiing with his family. Upon retirement, he and his wife traveled the world for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Joanne Reid; two daughters, Susan Lyn McBee and Amy Jean; two sons, Robert B. and David J.; a sister, Patricia Goodale; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, 505 Cayuga St.