Mary Ann T. Collins

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

DR. MARY ANN COLLINS, of the Pa­cific Heights sec­tion of San Fran­cisco, en­tered eter­nal life on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7, 2017. Dr. Collins was well known in the area as a con­se­quence of her many years of ser­vice as a Kin­der­garten Teacher at St Philip School. She was also a friendly and fa­mil­iar fix­ture in the neigh­bor­hood she loved so well.

Dr. Collins was born in her beloved Brook­lyn, to her late par­ents Eu­gene J. and Agnes T. (née O’Reilly) Collins. She grad­u­ated from St. Bren­dan High School in Brook­lyn and re­ceived the first of her sev­eral de­grees, a Bac­calau­re­ate with a ma­jor in Psy­chol­ogy, from Notre Dame Col­lege in Staten Is­land, New York, in 1959.

Dr. Collins was em­ployed by the Sayre­ville, NJ, School District as a Teacher of Kin­der­garten and school prin­ci­pal. She was very ac­tive in the lo­cal chap­ter of the New Jersey Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, serv­ing for years as the Pres­i­dent of the Sayre­ville Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. Dur­ing these years she also pur­sued grad­u­ate stud­ies in Ed­u­ca­tion at Rut­gers State Univer­sity, cul­mi­nat­ing with the award of a Doc­tor­ate in Ed­u­ca­tion (Ed.D.) in 1970.

Not con­tent with her new-found free­dom from aca­demic ef­fort, Dr. Collins en­tered Law School at Rut­gers, Ne­wark, and there earned her sec­ond Doc­tor­ate, in Law (J.D.)

Mary Ann re­tired from New Jersey in the mid 1980s and moved to San Fran­cisco, first liv­ing in Nob Hill be­fore es­tab­lish­ing her home in the Heights and com­menc­ing her sec­ond ca­reer at St. Philip School.

Dr. Collins is pre­de­ceased by her beloved sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Collins Han­nis and her dear fi­ancé Al Lanzner. She is sur­vived by her heart­bro­ken brother John and his wife Pa­tri­cia, and three cher­ished neph­ews: John Patrick Collins, Michael Collins, and Wil­liam Han­nis; a grand-nephew Cole Collins, and a grand-niece Macken­zie Han­nis, all of New Jersey, as well as rel­a­tives, friends and col­leagues too nu­mer­ous to name.

Friends are in­vited to at­tend the Fu­neral on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 at 3 p.m. at DUG­GAN’S FU­NERAL SER­VICE 3434 17th St.. A Brief ser­vice will take place in New Jersey at the Rezem Fu­neral Home, 457 Cran­bury Road, East Brunswick, on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will fol­low im­me­di­ately at Holy Cross Ceme­tery, 840 Cran­bury Road, James­burg, New Jersey.

In lieu of flow­ers, friends may make a do­na­tion in the name of Dr. Collins to the char­ity of their choice.

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