Alumni Council member Maureen Collins Baker '57 has written a book,
Outrageous Hero, honoring the memory of her brother B.T. Collins,
former California assemblyman and Vietnam veteran who once served as
the chief of staff for then-California Governor Jerry Brown and
director of the California Conservation Corps.
Published by Bryce Hill Publishing, the book is a biography of
Collins, who earned a bachelor's degree and law degree from Santa Clara
University after losing a leg and arm as a U.S. Army captain in Vietnam.
In addition to posts as director of the California Conservation Corps and chief of staff
for Governor Jerry Brown, Collins was also California's deputy finance director, director
of the California Youth Authority and an elected member of the California
State Assembly. In addition to a scholarship at the Santa Clara law school
named in his memory, there is a memorial scholarship at his high school
alma mater in White Plains, NY, and a U.S. Army lodging facility in
California named for him.
Baker, who will sign copies of the book during an event at
Reunion '08, is a retired
professor and author who taught at SUNY Potsdam for over 30 years,
specializing in French, linguistics and foreign language education.
While a St. Lawrence student, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta
sorority, the Outing Club and
the Thelomathesian Society, the student government organization. Baker
earned her St. Lawrence degree in
French, a master's degree from SUNY Potsdam and
the Ph.D. from Indiana University.
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Posted: May 1, 2008