Monday, December 31, 2018

Horace R. “Buzz” Collins, State Geologist of Ohio

Buzz Collins, State Geologist of Ohio from 1968 to 1988, passed away on December 19, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. Buzz received degrees in geology from Ohio and West Virginia Universities, and he served as an Officer and Pilot in the U.S. Army. He began with the Ohio Survey in 1959 as a Coal Geologist, and was appointed State Geologist in 1968. His focus was on serving the people of Ohio, through effective mechanisms such as a Severance Tax to support an aggressive program of County geologic mapping, and mineral production statistics. In the mid-1990s, the Ohio laboratory and core repository was named the Collins Laboratory.

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