RL Collinson, DVM (Ralph L. Collinson, DVM) passed away peacefully on February 8, 2018, he would have been 100 on May 1st.
RL was raised on a cattle ranch near Grand Junction, Colorado in the scenic area of the Uncompahgre Plateau. RL’s first job as an eighth grader was in a veterinary hospital in Grand Junction. His experience there and on the cattle ranch developed into an interest in veterinary medicine. He graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1942. Veterinary Medicine was a joy to RL. He practiced large animal medicine in Wyoming and Missouri, mixed animal medicine in Turlock and Modesto, California and eventually settled in Los Altos Hills with his companion animal practice in Mountain View, California in 1961.
RL was very involved in professional veterinary associations over the years including AVMA, AVMF, CVMA and AAHA. He was president of most of these associations as well as receiving numerous awards and outstanding achievement for his involvement, including CVMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He mentored many people in the veterinary profession during his years of practice. He enjoyed educating people about the health and care of their pet companions. RL has shared his knowledge via articles, lectures and appeared on television answering questions for those who called. He always had a good story to tell about his experiences. RL continued to practice veterinary medicine until he was 92.
RL is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James M Collinson, DVM and Janet of Los Altos and their children Julie Collinson (Los Angeles) and Justin Collinson (Portland, Oregon). RL is predeceased by his parents Ralph and Goldie (Cora) Collinson, wife Sable (Wilma) Miller Collinson, son Greg, grandson Jeff, brother Roger and wife Toni Borba Collinson.
RL always enjoyed going back to his roots in Wyoming and Colorado and took part in cattle drives and round-ups reliving his former years. RL achieved his goals of contributing to and practicing veterinary medicine.