1964 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"For me, work was a way of life and a way to success."
Carr Collins' mother died when he was a child. He worked in the fields, delivered newspapers, taught, and was a news "butch" on a train. He lived with various relatives in his hometown of Chester, Texas. By saving money, he was able to attend business college. After graduating, he entered the insurance industry as secretary to the Texas Employer's Insurance Association and a partner in an insurance management firm. In 1927, he organized the Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company. A staunch supporter of education, Collins donated more than $1 million and a $10 million endowment to Baylor University. He served as regional director of the United Negro College Fund, and headed a campaign to raise $1 million for the Bishop College for black students. A man with deep religious convictions, Collins organized and became president in 1963 of the $50 million investment firm, Baptist Foundation of Texas.* Deceased