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Collins Jr., 80
1932 - 2013
BANGOR -- Prof. Edward Collins Jr., 80, passed away on May 8, 2013, surrounded by all his children and many of his grandchildren.
Ed was born during the depression in the Appalachian coal- mining region of West Virginia. His parents, Ed Collins Sr. and Lydia Underwood Collins, ran a small store for a while in Welch and a small hotel in Narrows.
Junior, as he was known to many, went to Marshall University in Huntington. There, Ed met Marilyn Martin and the two were wed in 1953. Ed joined the Army as the Korean War was ending, and served as a radio operator in Puerto Rico and Kansas.
After being discharged he completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University before becoming a professor at Birmingham Southern University in 1958. Ed hosted a public affairs television show in Birmingham during the early 1960s; his guests included George Wallace and Governor 'Big Jim' Folsom and other famous or notorious Alabama politicians.
In 1962, Ed accepted a professorship at the University of Maine in Orono. He taught Political Science and International Law for over 35 years. He served as department head and was first president of the faculty union. Among his many students were a number of Maine politicians and public servants on both the state and national level. Ed authored many scholarly publications, primarily in the fields of international law and law of the sea. His textbook, 'International Law in a Changing World' went through numerous printings and was used by leading universities.
Ed and Marilyn moved to Portland when they retired in 1995. Ed was a well-known fixture walking the Eastern Promenade, at the Marlborough Building, at the Public Market, and especially at Portland Sea Dogs games.
Marilyn and Ed had been married for almost 60 happy years when she died two months ago on March 11th. Ed declined quickly from grief and complications of cancer. He was loved and cared for to the end by his oldest child, Karen Collins; his good friend Thomas Sheehan; his middle child Rocky Collins and daughter-in-law Kate Collins; and his youngest son, Quinn Collins. Ed often bragged of being the 'silliest grandpa in the world' to Caitlin Sheehan, Madeleine Sheehan, Cameron Sheehan, Eva Collins, Henry Collins, Violet Collins, and Odette Collins.
A memorial service celebrating the lives of Ed and Marilyn Collins will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, (207 947 0156).
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 16, 2013