Mark Francis Collins, 83, News American publisher

April 19, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Mark Francis Collins, retired publisher of the News American and former Hearst Corp. executive, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Cape Cod, Mass. The former Guilford resident was 83.

He came to Baltimore in 1964 from Boston, where he had been assistant publisher and advertising director of the Record American since 1959.

In addition to his publishing duties, he was a vice president of Hearst Consolidated Publications and the Hearst Corp. He retired in 1979, ending a career that began in 1939.

"He was an excellent newspaperman, a good competitor and well-liked by all those who came in contact with him, said William F. Schmick Jr., former president of the A.S. Abell Co. and publisher of The Sun.

Said Donald H. Patterson, who succeeded Mr. Schmick, "He had a good sense of humor and was a very decent man to do business with. He was a heck of nice guy."

He was born in Mechanicville, N.Y., and graduated from high school there. He later attended the University of Alabama and Union College.

During World War II, he served with the Marines in the South Pacific and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant at war's end.

In Baltimore, he was a board member of Baltimore Goodwill Industries, the Baltimore Opera Co. and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore. He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Merchants Club and the Center Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered today in Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Olive Jameson; three sons, David Collins of Stonington, Conn., Joseph J. Collins of Darien, Conn., and Mark A. Collins of Grand Lake, Colo.; a daughter, Judith Collins of West Dennis, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

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