Dear members of Mel Collins' family,
Dr. Mel Collins worked with me from 1986 to June 2013 when I became president emeritus at National University of Health Sciences. What a wonderful man he was and a real treasure for me personally and for National University. My words cannot do justice for his presence, accomplishments and his joy for life. He was of such stature in our institution that the Board of Trustees granted me the privilege of awarding the Doctor of Laws (LLD) honorary degree on Mel on April 19, 2008 with the following citation:
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J. Collins has faithfully served National University of Health Sciences in the Admissions Office since July of 1986, and
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J. Collins instituted a program through which tens of thousands of high school science students have visited National University of Health Sciences, and
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J. Collins has been employed in the admissions departments of Drake University, Ohio Northern University, Hiram Scott College, Coe College, and was the admissions coordinator for the American Chiropractic College in the late sixties, and
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J. Collins is a World War II Naval hero who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious achievement, and
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J. Collins was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor for "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty," and
WHEREAS:Mr. Melvin J Collins was directly involved in saving the lives of 22 pilots who had been downed at sea, and
WHEREAS:It is the prerogative of the Board of Trustees of National University of Health Sciences to recognize individuals of outstanding qualification by having honorary degrees conferred upon them,
NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:
That by the authority granted to National University of Health Sciences by the State of Illinois and delegated to the Office of the President by the Board of Trustees, I, James F. Winterstein, as President do hereby confer upon you, Mr. Melvin J. Collins, the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws (L.L.D.) with all of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities pertaining thereto.
What a special, unique and wonderful man whom we loved and appreciated even while we extend our deepest condolences to you who are members of his family.
Love, Jim and Cynthia Winterstein
National University of Health Sciences