Berry Collier 350x232 Jim Collier, Former GC Trustee and Philanthropist Passes Away

Former GC trustee Jim Collier, right, met up with Chad Berry, Berea College’s Dean of Faculty, after the latter delivered the Collier Lecture April 3, 2012.

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY—Jim Collier an attorney, scholar, philanthropist, and former Georgetown College trustee, passed away September 3, 2012.

Born in Crab Orchard, KY, Mr. Collier was a World War II veteran.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Kentucky. He also completed the masters and doctoral degrees at Rutgers University.

While enrolled at Rutgers, Mr. Collier served as a teaching graduate assistant and later as an instructor in political science. He also taught at Georgetown College before serving on the law school faculties of Baylor University and Mercer University.

Mr. Collier began practicing law in Elizabethtown in 1957. He later became a partner in Collier, Arnett, Quick, and Coleman, a law firm with roots dating back to the 1890s. Much of Mr. Collier’s law practice focused on wills, estates, and medical malpractice.

Mr. Collier was the son of the late James Melvin Collier, Sr. and Lula Jones Collier. His mother was as a housemother at Georgetown College for a number of years.

In 1985, Mr. Collier established a scholarship in memory of his father for students from the Crab Orchard area.

Collier Hall, a men’s dormitory in Georgetown’s Mills Residence Park was named in memory of Mr. Collier’s mother. Through the years, Mr. Collier continued to provide funds for scholarships and convocation ceremonies, including the Collier Lecture Series, at Georgetown College.

In addition to his service as a trustee at Georgetown, Mr. Collier was a leader in the college’s Decade of Progress Capital Campaign in the 1970s. He was named Philanthropist of the Year by the college in 1997.

Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr., president of Georgetown College, voiced his appreciation for Jim Collier and his devotion to the college. “Jim Collier was blessed with a brilliant mind, gentle spirit and an obvious compassion for deserving students. His love for Georgetown College has enriched the life of this institution immeasurably.  The inspiring legacy of Jim Collier and his family will continue to impact the college for future generations of Georgetonians. I am deeply grateful for Jim’s friendship and thankful that he played such an important role in the life of Georgetown College.”

Jim Collier’s three children, Dr. James Collier, III, Sarah Pitney, and Susan Collier are all Georgetown College graduates.