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Statement from Dean Karen Gil, College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, on the death of Lt. Col. John Collins
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lt. Col. John W. Collins, who was chair of the aerospace studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences and commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 590. Lt. Col. Collins came to Carolina last July from the 43rd Operations Support Squadron at Pope Field, near Fayetteville, N.C.
“As chair of aerospace studies, Lt. Col. Collins was a valued member of the College leadership. As head of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Air Force ROTC, he led a cadre of seven military and civilian personnel, directing academics and activities for 35-40 cadets. He was responsible for the selection, training and leadership development of prospective military officers.
“This past spring and fall, he taught courses that included ‘Evolution of United States Air Force Air and Space Power’ and ‘The Military and Contemporary Society.’
“He served more than 20 years in active duty and was a Master Navigator, with more than 2,700 flight hours.
“He will be deeply missed by his colleagues in the College. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this tragic time.”
Karen M. Gil, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Lee G. Pedersen Distinguished Professor of Psychology