James H. Collins Jr., phone company executive

August 29, 2013

James H. Collins Jr., a retired senior executive with AT&T’s finance division, died Aug. 17 at a hospital in Southern Pines, N.C. He was 90.

The cause was a heart attack and congestive heart failure, said a son, James V. Collins.

Mr. Collins began a 40-year career as a certified public accountant with Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., an AT&T subsidiary. He was posted in Tehran by AT&T in the late 1970s and retired to Pinehurst in 1982. He was a former Bethesda resident.

James Homer Collins Jr. was born in Merion, Pa., and raised in Washington. He was a 1941 graduate of the District’s Wilson High School. After Navy service in the South Pacific during World War II, he attended the University of Maryland on the GI Bill and graduated with a finance degree in 1949.

His wife, Gertrude Hamill, whom he married in 1949, died in 2004. Survivors include four children, James V. Collins of Omaha, Richard J. Collins of Belle Mead, N.J., George E. Collins of Prague and Key West, Fla., and Jean C. Guilbert of Atlanta; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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