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Release: April 29, 1999

Long-time Cedar Rapids civic leader receives award from UI College of Law

IOWA CITY — Former Cedar Rapids resident Tom Collins received the 1998 Distinguished Service Award given by the University of Iowa College of Law.

Collins, a 1952 UI College of Law graduate, was chairman at the Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll. He received the Achievement Award for his distinguished career as an outstanding lawyer, supporter of the UI College of Law, and civic leader in the Cedar Rapids community.

The award was presented at the April 19 annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Law School Foundation and coincided with Collins’ return to the board. His first term on the board ended in 1993 when he was appointed to the Iowa State Board of Regents.

"Collins is a splendid example of Iowa law graduates who dedicate themselves to the service of clients, to the profession, and to the betterment of their communities," said N. William Hines, dean of the University of Iowa College of Law.

"The law college has had a number of distinguished graduates over the years, and Tom ranks at the top of the list. We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize him with this award," Hines said.

Collins recently became Of Counsel, a senior level position, at the Shuttleworth & Ingersoll firm and has served as Chairman of Life Investors, Inc., and the 2001 Development Company in Cedar Rapids. He is a former president of St. Luke’s Hospital and the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a member of the boards of APAC TeleServices, Inc., and McLeodUSA. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Iowa State Bar Foundation. Collins and his wife Joanne now reside in Tucson, Ariz.