Dorothy Craig Collins


President's Medal for Excellence (1990)
Reception for Dottie Collins
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
Gertrude Rich Award (1990)
Indiana University Bloomington
E. Ross Bartley Award (1979)
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: John W. Ryan


Dorothy Ellen (Craig) Collins was born on October 11, 1912 in Evansville, Indiana to parents Edmund Lawrence Craig and Mabel Irene (Ross) Craig. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Western College for Women and then received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago.

After coming to Bloomington, Indiana, she married, had a son, and began a career at Indiana University in Bloomington. She initially worked there as a statistician for the Kinsey Institute and subsequently worked as the assistant director of the Bureau of Institutional Research, a research assistant in the Office of President, and finally as a research and editorial associate in the Office of University Chancellor. She retired from IU in 1992 and co-authored the book, INDIANA UNIVERSITY: A PICTORIAL HISTORY.

At various times in Bloomington she served as president of the University Women's Club, president of the Theatre Circle, a vice president of United Way of Monroe County, president of the Monroe County Comprehensive Health Planning Council, and president of the board of directors of Bloomington Hospital. She served on the board of the Friends of Lilly Library and as an adviser to Mortar Board, the Office of Women's Affairs, and the Collins Living-Learning Center. In addition, she was the Secretary of the Founding Board of Directors for IU Retirement Community, Inc., which later became the Meadowood Retirement Community.

She was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the Community Service Council, the Indiana Governor's award for volunteer service, the Gertrude Rich Award from the IU Alumni Association, the Leather Medal from Sigma Delta Chi (the Society of Professional Journalists), IU's E. Ross Bartley Award, and the President's Medal for Excellence at IU. Dorothy Ellen (Craig) Collins died on February 21, 2010 at the Meadowood Health Pavilion.