Class of 1959
|John Carleton Collins, 73, of Glen
Allen, Va., formerly of Millersville, Md., passed away peacefully on
Thursday, February 5, 2015.
He was born in Paris, Henry County, Tennessee. on November 26, 1941 to Homer and Patti (Heffernan) Collins. He attended Lee Elementary School and Atkins Porter Middle School in Paris, Tennessee. and graduated from Treadwell High School in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.
John attended the University of Michigan. He then served in the U.S. Army. When his Army career ended, he began a long history at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort George Meade, Md. He worked at the NSA from 1964 to 1996.
Following his years at NSA, he worked as a contractor for Advanced Engineering, Research Associates, Computer Science Corporation and Welkin Associates until 2006.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann (Griffin) Collins; two daughters, Susan Collins and Jenna (Collins) Midulla. He is also survived by the greatest joys of his life, his two grandsons, Collin and Dillon Midulla.
John was very active in any community he lived in. While living in Maryland, he was an officer and president of the Indian Landing Community Association and in the Severn Cross Roads Foundation in Millersville, Md. While living in Glen Allen, Va., he served as an officer and president of the Virginia Center East Owners Association.
He took pride in his love of genealogy, reading military and espionage fiction books and maintaining his extensive library from his den. He was a great fan of his grandsons Striker Soccer teams.
His family will be receiving guests at their home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015. A celebration of John's life will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, Md. 21146.
A private family burial will be held in Portsmouth, N.H. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to www.breathefree.org. He was active in several test studies with Pulmonary Associates of Richmond, this is an organization that supports them.
Obituary added by Andy Hooper ('59)
Reprinted from the
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