General L. Collins, a trainning specialists for the U.S.Department of Agriculture and a former Fairfax County school teacher, died Aug. 30 at Northern Virginia Doctor's Hospital of complications following gall bladder surgery. He was 45.
Mr. Collins was a native of South Carolina who came to the Washington area after graduating from Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia.
He taught in the Fairfax County public school system for more than 10 years, eventually rising to his position of assistant principal at the Thoreau Intermediate School.
In 1973 Mr. Collins joined the federal government as a training specialist at the Library of Congress, where he worked in the area of career development. He also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission before joining the department of Agriculture.
Mr. Collins worked as a volunteer with various youth groups in Fairfax County and served as a soccer and basketball coach for the Braddock Road Youth Club.
He was also an active member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, serving as a vestryman, Sunday School teacher and superintendent and chairman of the Chirstian Eduction Committee.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Marie, a son, John and two daughters, Anne and Lynne, all of the home in Fairfax. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Collins, of Newport News, Va.