Memorable Manitobans: Louis Donat Collin (1882-1969)
Physician and surgeon, athlete.
Born at Stanford, Drummond-Athabaska County, Quebec on 10 November 1882, son of Louis Joseph Collin and Emily Talbot, he came to St. Boniface with his parents when a child. Educated at St. Boniface College, University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, and in Paris, France, he graduated in medicine in 1911 and practised in Winnipeg. In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CAMC) and served at the No. 6 Canadian General Hospital in England before going to France in 1916 where he worked at a hospital at Troyes, Champagne for 18 months. He was later at Joinville-le-Pont until 1919, being honored by the French Republic with the Medaille d’Honneur en Vermeil. He returned to Canada in 1919 and resumed his medical practice, serving as a surgeon (including a period as Chief Surgeon) at the St. Boniface Hospital until retirement in 1948. In 1920, he married Rose Kent Doolittle (c1882-1985). They had no children but financed the medical studies of eleven boys from St. Boniface, including Robert A. Jacques. He took a keen interest in sports, especially rugby, hockey, and golf, playing on the Ottawa rugby team that, in 1904, won the Bryson-Carling trophy. A devout Roman Catholic, he lived at 149 Dollard Boulevard in St. Boniface. He died at the Tache Hospital on 12 January 1969 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1969, page 39.
Obituary [Rose Kent Collin], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1986, page 52.
We thank Robert Jacques for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 December 2018
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