Edward Charles Kollmann ’41

Edward Charles Kollmann ’41 died on November 7, 2005, in Newport News, Virginia.

Born on February 11, 1915, in Richmond Hill, Long Island, NY, he prepared for college at Stuyvesant High School in New York City and worked for six years during the Great Depression as the family’s breadwinner before entering Bowdoin in September of 1937. Following his graduation cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1941, he studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for a year before serving in the U.S. Army Air Force for more than three years in World War II, becoming a staff sergeant. He received a master of arts degree from Harvard University in 1947 and a doctor of philosophy degree there in 1950, both in philosophy. He taught at Willamette University in Oregon from 1948 to 1952. In 1952, he joined the faculty at Hampton Institute in Virginia (later Hampton University), where he taught for 30 years, serving in a variety of positions, including director of summer sessions (1964 to 1970), dean of admissions and registrar (1967 to 1969), and director of the division of arts and sciences (1958-1967). He then taught at St. Leo College until 2001. He wrote many articles for professional journals and was a co-author of a textbook in the physical sciences. He was a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Metaphysical Society, the Society for Asian Studies, and the American Association of University Professors. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Council of Human Relations and as resource person the Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory of Higher Education. At Hampton he was the 1962 recipient of the Christian and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1968 he received Hampton’s Centennial Medallion Award. In 1944 he was married in England to Doris Brand, who predeceased him. He is survived by two sons, Geoffrey C. Kollmann ’67 of Easton, MD, and Keith Kollmann of Raleigh, NC; two daughters, Elise Harrison of Accomac, VA, and Deborah Anne Kollmann of Elkton, MDS; and four grandchildren.