Everett Naughtin Collins, M.D.
ED COLLINS died in his sleep during the early morning hours of November 6, 1959. Born on a farm near Ganges, Michigan, in the horse-and-buggy days, Ed was the son of a long line of farmers, and the first physician in the family. His ambition to be a physician arose in childhood and was born of his admiration for the family physician of Ganges, Doctor Brunson. The intensity of Ed’s desire to become a doctor was at first not recognized by his family, but it never waned.
He was a self-made man. After graduation from Benton Harbor High School he “worked his way” through Kalamazoo College and The University of Chicago Medical School. Ed was outstanding wherever he was or whatever project he attempted. At Kalamazoo College he was the state champion high jumper, and president of his senior class. The money that paid his way through college and medical school was earned in a variety of ways, such as stoking the furnace in the local church, door-to-door selling of “Keystone Stereoscopic Viewers,” being fireman on a train, playing the piano in night clubs.
He met the girl who was to become his wife, the former Dorothy Tempest, at a Christmas party in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1920. At that time, Ed had had to stop attending medical school in Chicago for want of money. Partly because he had been an A student in anatomy and partly through the help of Dr. R. R. Bensley, then Chairman of the Department . . .