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Dr. Daniel A. Collins

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish, Shellfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tahoe City, California
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1916
Birth Location:
Darlington, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish, Shellfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tahoe City, California
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1916
Birth Location:
Darlington
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Biography

Dentist Daniel A. Collins was born on January 11, 1916, in Darlington, South Carolina. Collins attended elementary school and high school in Darling, South Carolina. Following high school graduation in 1932, Collins attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, from which he received his B.S. degree in science in 1936. Collins continued his studies at Meharry Medical College, where he earned his D.D.S. degree in 1941; he later obtained his master’s degree in dental science from the University of San Francisco in 1944.

Prior to moving to California, Collins studied children’s dentistry at the Guggenheim Clinic in New York City. Collins was offered a teaching position in California in 1942, where he became the first black dentist on the faculty of the School of Dental Science at the University of San Francisco; he continued teaching until 1968, when he opened a private practice that included several prominent people. Collins founded the Oral-Facial Consultative Service, which provided constructive surgery for those with facial deformities, and was a co-publisher of the newspaper Reporter. Collins later joined Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. as Director of the West Coast Division, where he was instrumental in hiring several black authors and staff members; two of his acquisitions were The Black Child in White America, by Andrew Billingsley in 1975, and There is a River by Vincent G. Harding, in 1981.

Throughout his career, Collins was involved in politics both locally and nationally; he helped to establish the National Urban League’s San Francisco Bay Area office, the San Francisco Foundation for Aged Colored People, and the Northern California United Negro College Fund. Collins served on the governing boards of the National Committee for Citizens in Education; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and the Golden Gate Regional Center. Collins was a member of Governor Pat Brown’s Committee to Study Medical Aid and Health in California; the California State Board of Public Health; the California State Board of Public Education; and the National Advisory Council on Minorities in Engineering.

Collins continued to expand his professional knowledge by writing, lecturing, and instructing in a clinical setting at several universities, including Meharry Medical College, Howard University, Georgetown University, Stanford Medical College, and at conventions of the American Dental Association and the National Dental Association. Collins was a member of several professional groups, including the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the California State Dental Association, the American Academy of Oral Pathology, and the Royal Society of Health.

Collins passed away on September 13, 2007 at the age of 91.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes Rosenwald Schools and his mother's grocery store
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his maternal aunts and childhood trips to South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his half-brother, Waldo Collins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his half-brother, Elliott Turnage, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his half-brother, Elliott Turnage, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his sister, Andrena Collins Baumgardner
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his father's business and his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes Bethel A.M.E. Church in Darlington, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his experiences at Mayo High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his best friend from childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls an incident with a high school classmate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his music lessons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls his decision to attend Paine College in Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls clearing land for highways with his father in South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes Paine College in Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes the racial climate at Paine College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes Paine College alumnus and writer, Frank Yerby
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes notable alumni from Paine College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls being discriminated against by the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins explains how he avoided the draft during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls teaching at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his dental practice and entry into politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his experiences in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins shares his opinion of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls his move to California in 1942
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes African American migration to California in the 1940s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniels A. Collins describes the formation of San Francisco's National Urban League chapter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes the San Francisco National Urban League's community efforts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes the Fillmore neighborhood in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls the founding of Dr. Howard Thurman's first interracial church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his living situation in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recounts moving to Mill Valley, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his career in book publishing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his role at Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins recalls his trips to Sweden and Denmark
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins remembers HistoryMaker Willie L. Brown
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his friends in California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his publishing work and writing his memoirs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins talks about Synanon and his charity work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins shares his thoughts on cults
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his two oldest sons
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his son, HistoryMaker Charles Collins
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his wife's nonprofit organization, Lifehouse
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins describes his wife and youngest son
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Daniel A. Collins narrates his photographs, pt. 2