Born in Los Angeles, Thomas M. Collins ’56 was the eldest child to Harold and Julia Collins. A devout Catholic, he was educated by the Jesuits at Loyola High School and SCU and served in the Army in Korea before earning his J.D. from Stanford University Law School. During Tom’s career, St. Thomas More was his inspiration. He was a pioneer in the early days of health care law, representing numerous hospitals for over 40 years. For decades, Tom was an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, for which he served as president. Committed to his community, Tom also served on various boards, including SCU Board of Regents, Patron Saints Foundation, Mayfield Junior School, St. Andrew Catholic School, and St. Andrew Parish. He was also the godfather and mentor to many. In his free time, Tom enjoyed his family and close friends, going to the beach, hunting, fishing, playing golf, and attending the annual Friendly Sons of St. Patrick celebration. Much like his father, and to the dismay of his wife, he was a “collector.” Those who love Tom appreciated his direct and honest approach to life. He died in Pasadena on Aug. 14, 2019. Tom is survived by Otilia, his wife of 56 years, their four children, Thomas (Lisa), Maria (David) Stolpe, Carolyn (Jack) Mansour ’89, and Michael (Heather), grandchildren Emily, TJ, Emma, Colin, Luisa, Gregory, and Bridget, as well as his brother, Charles, and sister, Clare Marquardt. Tom was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Julie.

29 Aug 2019