John C. Collins

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

St. Simons Island, Ga. — John C. Collins passed away in his home on Friday, March 2, 2018, on St Simons Island due to complications from heart failure. He was 72 years old.

John was born on March 27, 1945, in Chicago, Ill. to his parents, Susan and Russell Collins. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1967, an MPH from the University of Michigan in 1969, and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. John was the CEO for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic where he worked for over 30 years.

John is survived by his wife Hélène Rothermund Collins; his brothers, Richard, Jeff and James Collins and their families; his sons, Brendan and Michael Collins, and his stepsons, Greg and Lee Klein and their families. He had four grandchildren who he adored and who referred to him as the “Candy Man.”

After retiring John and Hélène moved to St Simons Island in 2007 where John was able to continue his lifelong love of golf. John will be deeply missed by his GGA golfing friends at their annual golfing tournament. John was an avid reader who especially enjoyed learning about history and politics. John was also an enthusiastic college sports fan and was known to cheer loudly for his Michigan Wolverines.

John served many appointments during his life, including sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 1982-2007, the Board of Trustees for the Rutland Regional Health Center from 1996-2010, the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Upper Valley from 1980-1990, and was an active member of the Board of Directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont at the time of his death. John received many awards during his life including a 2012 lifetime achievement award from the N.H. Chamber of Commerce.

John’s family will be honoring his wishes by not having a public ceremony. A remembrance service will be held in Hanover, N.H. on a date that has yet to be announced. In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to Magnolia Manor on St Simons Island in Georgia. https://www.magnoliamanor.com/donate/