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