Hetty Collins

BORN GLAS­GOW, AU­GUST 23, 1919. DIED GLAS­GOW, AU­GUST 13, 2007, AGED 87.

The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

ARESPECTED PRACTITIONER in Ibrox, the rough area of Glas­gow host­ing Rangers-Celtic foot­ball matches and con­stant brawls, Dr He­len Collins kept a care­ful eye on her pa­tients, es­pe­cially young moth­ers, for 43 years, writes Lindy Mark­son.

Born He­len Ock­rim, she per­suaded her par­ents to let her study medicine, an un­usual step for girls at that time, and grad­u­ated in 1943. She spe­cialised in ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy but turned to gen­eral prac­tice when she mar­ried Dr David Collins in 1946.

She at­tended count­less home de­liv­er­ies and nurs­ing home births. The en­try of her son, Ken­neth, into the part­ner­ship in 1976 gave the prac­tice a unique fam­ily flavour.

She en­cour­aged women’s ca­reers and helped chil­dren achieve their po­ten­tial, guid­ing them through com­plex med­i­cal and so­cial prob­lems.

She spon­sored the Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil’s Dr David Collins Youth Awards and was thrilled that two of her grand­chil­dren were among the re­cip­i­ents.

Leg­endary for her care, com­pas­sion and leadership, she is sur­vived by a son, daugh­ter, five grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

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