PEN PORTRAIT OF DR. BERTRAM A. N. COLLINS
Bertram Aggrey Nathaniel Collins was born in Georgetown, Guyana on the 21st September, 1930. He attended Queen’s College and on winning the Guiana Scholarship proceeded to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica. There he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in French. Bertram thereafter attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Oregon. He attained the Masters and Doctoral degrees from the latter institution.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Dr. Collins worked with the United Nations for twenty-five years and served in Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cote d’Ivoire and in South and Central Africa.

In the Caribbean he served as Resident Tutor, Tutor, Assistant Professor and Professor with the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana. Dr. Collins may be deemed a Caribbean man as his services were extended to the Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Jamaica.

Dr. Collins was a visiting Assistant Professor of Government at the San Francisco State College and Laverhulme Visiting Fellow. He was also a Member of the Royal Institute of Public Administration and the International Political Association. He was appointed Sandbach Professor of Public Administration and Government I 1966.

In 1968 at the behest of Sir David James Gardner Rose, Commander in Chief of Guyana, Dr. Bertram Collins was appointed to be the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service of Guyana.

Dr. Collins was both a consummate student and a prolific writer. He penned among other articles:

“The Civil Service and the Ministerial System,” in British Guiana Civil Service Magazine, December 1983.
“The Civil Service of British Guiana in the General Strike of 1963,” in Caribbean Quarterly, University of the West Indies, Vol. 10 No. 2, June 1984, and
“Racial Imbalance in Public Services and Security Forces in British Guiana,” in Race, London, Vol. 7, No. 3, January, 1986.

In 1968 at the behest of Sir David James Gardner Rose, Commander in Chief of Guyana, Dr. Bertram Collins was appointed to be the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service of Guyana.

Dr. Collins was both a consummate student and a prolific writer. He penned among other articles:

“The Civil Service and the Ministerial System,” in British Guiana Civil Service Magazine, December 1983.
“The Civil Service of British Guiana in the General Strike of 1963,” in Caribbean Quarterly, University of the West Indies, Vol. 10 No. 2, June 1984, and
“Racial Imbalance in Public Services and Security Forces in British Guiana,” in Race, London, Vol. 7, No. 3, January, 1986.
Dr. Collins was the eldest child of the late Sampson Collins and Sylvia Viola (nee Simon). He was married to Clairre Crereau on November 28, 1949 and died on October 17, 1997 at the Sloan – Kettering Hospice in the United States.