Paleonet: Fred Collier

Cundiff, Jessica D. jcundiff at
Wed Jul 5 16:45:15 GMT 2017

For those who may have known Fred Collier through work with paleo collections,  I want to pass on the sad news of his passing on June 28.  Fred received The Paleontological Society Council's Citation in 2006 in recognition of his long and extraordinary service to the profession of paleontology.

Frederick Joseph Collier
June 27, 1932 - June 28, 2017
Frederick Joseph (Fred) Collier passed away on June 28, 2017 just one day after his 85th birthday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Martha Collier, 7 children including Sean William Collier of Danvers, Massachusetts, Kevin Collier of Virginia Beach, Kate Collier Banks of Atlanta, Georgia, Maureen Collier Funk of Tampa, Florida, Meghan Collier Anderson of Birmingham, Alabama and Mary Collier of Chesapeake, VA and 16 grandchildren.
Fred was born in China on June 27, 1932  to General William A. and Gladys H. Collier and grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts.  After serving in the Air Force and graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Geology, Fred and Martha moved to the Washington DC area where Fred joined the staff of the Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution and continued his studies in Paleontology at George Washington University.  During his 33 career at the Smithsonian, Fred was instrumental in the development of the Museum Collections Management role and continued his research into trilobites.  Fred was an enthusiastic teacher who led fossil collecting trips and taught at George Washington University for 20 years.  In 1992, Fred retired from the Smithsonian, moved to Beverly and joined the staff of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology to organize and manage their invertebrate fossil collection. Fred retired from Harvard University in 2007 and retired in Beverly, Mass where he lived until moving to Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach in 2014.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10 am at St. John the Apostle, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Jessica D. Cundiff
Curatorial Associate, Department of Invertebrate Paleontology
Acting Curatorial Associate, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-5406
jcundiff at

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