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This memorial website was created in memory of Elisabeth Bartholdi Wolff Collins, born on May 12, 1921, died October 2, 2011. We will remember and treasure her forever.
Posted by Cheryl Collins on May 12, 2021
Today, May 12, 2021, Dr. Elisabeth Bartholdi Wolff Collins would have celebrated her 100th birthday. I am wearing the diamond bracelet given to me by Elisabeth. When she gave it to me she noted that it had been given to her twenty five years previously by Dean Collins, and that she had worn it continuously since receiving it. On this day, and on all others, she is remembered with love and affection.

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Posted by Cheryl Collins on May 12, 2021
Today, May 12, 2021, Dr. Elisabeth Bartholdi Wolff Collins would have celebrated her 100th birthday. I am wearing the diamond bracelet given to me by Elisabeth. When she gave it to me she noted that it had been given to her twenty five years previously by Dean Collins, and that she had worn it continuously since receiving it. On this day, and on all others, she is remembered with love and affection.
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Dr. ELISABETH BARTHOLDI WOLFF COLLINS

Dr. Elisabeth Bartholdi Wolff Collins was born May 12, 1921 in Baerwalde, Germany to Walter and Elisabeth Hackbarth Bartholdi.  After her mothers death in 1933 she was sent to boarding school at Lindau, Bavaria, Germany.  After boarding school she attended Roeckert High School in Berlin and then studied medicine at Universities in Freiburg, Danzig, and Prague.  She finished medical school in Hamburg in 1945 and began an internship in East Berlin where she met and married Dr. Walter Wolff in 1947.  In 1953 she left East Germany with her husband and moved to Tuebingen, West Germany where she began a residency in adult and child psychiatry at the University of Tuebingen.  Dr. Walter Wolf died in 1957.  After completing her residency she moved to Switzerland to take a position as Medical Director at Gotthelfhaus, in Solothurn, Switzerland.  At Tuebingen she met Dr. Dean Collins, who was studying there on an Alexander Von Humboldt scholarship. They were married May 16, 1959 in Junction City, Kansas.  Elisabeth was his loving and beloved wife for forty five years and they shared an interest in music, theater, the opera, and travel.  Dr. Dean Collins died August 6, 2004.  After moving to the United States in 1959 Elisabeth worked as a staff psychiatrist at Topeka State Hospital, at the Winfield State Hospital, at Kansas Neurological Hospital and at the Kansas Reception and Diagnostic Center.  After receiving her Kansas Medical License and further study at the Menninger School of Psychiatry, she opened a private practice in Topeka, Kansas. She was a member of the Topeka Medical Society, Kansas Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Society.  She retired in 1988.  With the help of her attorney and friend, Hurst Coffman, Elisabeth was able to arrange in home care as needed through the end of her life.  Dr. Elizabeth Collins died October 2, 2011.  She was survived by her brother-in-law Dale Collins, two nieces Cheryl Collins (G.W. Clift) and Jayne Rudd (Mike) and one nephew, Larry Young (Jody) and many friends.  Drs. Elisabeth and Dean Collins are inurned at Penwell-Gabel Memorial Park Cemetery, S.W. 6th and Gage Blvd, Topeka, Kansas.   On Elisabeth’s death, she established the Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship Fund at the Kansas University Endowment Association.  This scholarship makes study in Germany possible for Kansas University students.

Dr. Dean T. Collins

Dr. Dean T. Collins, 76, Topeka, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, in Golden, Colo. He was born March 19, 1928, at Junction City, Kansas, the son of Lawrence and Alverta Tracy Collins.  He grew up on the family farm on Humboldt Creek in Geary County, Kansas with a two brothers, Keith and Dale and a sister E.I.  Dean graduated from The University of Kansas Medical School in 1956. He did his internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. From 1956 to 1958, he was a Fulbright Scholar in biochemistry at the Pasteur Institute, Lille, France, and an Alexander von Humboldt Scholar in psychiatry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Universitaets-Nervenklinik, Tuebingen, Germany. He was a resident of psychiatry from 1958 to 1963 at Topeka State Hospital, C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital and Kansas Neurological Institute. In 1963, he began working as a staff psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic. Over the next 40 years, he became an expert in the treatment of patients with serious mental illnesses. Also at Menninger, he taught psychiatric residents and served as director of psychiatric services. In recognition of outstanding clinical and teaching skills, he was named a Herbert C. Modlin Professor. Dr. Collins originated the Psychocultural Series of foreign films and discussion. After finishing his work at Menninger, he continued to see patients in private practice and worked for disability determination services in the Social Security Administration. Dr. Collins was active in many community organizations, especially the Topeka Opera Society as past president and program chairman. He and his wife attended operas and concerts throughout the world. He married Dr. Elisabeth Bartholdi on May 16, 1959, in Junction City. At death he was survived by his beloved wife, Elisabeth.   Other survivors included a brother, Dale Collins, Wichita, two nieces Cheryl Collins, Manhattan, Jayne Rudd, Wichita, and one nephew, Larry Young, Junction City.  Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Keith Collins and sister, E.I. Field.  Inurnment is at Penwell-Gabel Memorial Park Cemetery, S.W. 6th and Gage Blvd.
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