Arthur A Collins

Art Collins posing next to a reproduction of a 30W transmitter, originally manufactured at Collins Radio in 1932

A short biographical sketch of Arthur Collins
contributed by David Knepper, W3ST

Arthur A. Collins was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, on September 9, 1909, where his father was in the mortgage investment business of buying and selling land. Art attended Cedar Rapids public schools, Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1927, Coe College in Cedar Rapids for special courses, and the University of Iowa for advanced studies in physics. After leaving Collins Radio in 1972, he formed a new firm, Arthur A. Collins, Inc., based in Dallas, to carry out systems engineering studies in the communications and computer fields.

Art was married to Mary Margaret (Meis), and was formerly married to Margaret (Peg) Van Dyke, who died in 1955. He is survived by four children, Alan, David, Susan and Michael. Arthur A. Collins died on February 25, 1987, at the age of 78, three weeks after suffering a stroke in Dallas, Texas. Arthur Collins is buried in the family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

If you would like to know more about Arthur Collins, read the book “Arthur Collins, Radio Wizard”, by Ben W. Stearns. You will not be disappointed. This book is endorsed by the CRA.

Book Ordering Information:

David Knepper, W3ST
Secretary to the Collins Radio Association (CRA)
Publisher of the Collins Journal
CRA station call: W3CRA

Copyright 2002 David Knepper, W3ST

Please note other web site that have more comprehensive biographical sketches:

Collins History
Collins Museum
Collins Story – Goodyear paper
Sam Levy – Recollections of a Design Engineer
Collins Virtual Museum – WA3KEY