Lenore D. Collins, PhD


Lenore D. Collins, PhD

RIC associate professor

Lenore “Lee” D. Collins, PhD, 75, died April 2, 2012. She was the beloved wife for 52 years of Patrick H. Collins.

Born in Lincoln, she was a daughter of the late Leo C. and Honora (Jamieson) Hall. Lee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Rhode Island College and her PhD from the University of Connecticut. She was an associate professor at Rhode College in the Industrial Arts Department for 23 years, retiring in 2004, and for over 20 years was involved with printers, serving on boards of printing organizations in Rhode Island.

While at RIC, she helped write a grant resulting in a non-profit printing organization, Providence Graphics Arts Association, later becoming Graphic Communications Industry of RI (GCIRI). A major mission of GCIRI was to keep printing industry employee’s skills up to date, and she received the GATF Education Award for her efforts.

Lee served in many capacities, becoming executive director after her retirement from RIC. She was also first woman president of the International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA). She held many offices and chaired several committees and received the Fred J. Hartman Service Award in 1998 and the Kagy Life Achievement Award in 2004. She also hosted IGAEA’s Annual Conference at RIC in 2004. Lee was also very involved with the Hope Historical Society and the Farm Bureau until her passing.

She was the beloved mother of Patrick H. Collins Jr. of East Providence and Michael P. Collins of San Francisco, Calif.; grandmother of Patrick H. Collins III; and sister of Grace McEntee of Prudence Island.

Her funeral service will be held April 6 at 10 am in Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave. Burial will be in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingstown. Visiting hours are April 5 from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02908 will be appreciated. For information and condolences visit www.thequinnfuneralhome.com.