Robert Morris Collie
Robert Morris Collie
  • December 15, 1929 - May 1, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Robert Morris Collie, Th.D., passed away on May 1, 2017, after a prolonged illness. He was born on December 15, 1929 - the "coldest day in Eastland, Texas" in a century. His mother, Zula Collie, was a newspaper editor and his father, Turner Morris Collie, a judge of the 9th District, who also held a seat in the Texas legislature in Austin for three terms.

During his senior year in high school Bob was invited to preach his first sermon in his home church, The First United Methodist Church of Eastland. After graduation he attended Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His first appointments as pastor were in various churches in Texas and Louisiana.
All through his life, he would fight for justice and equality. A letter written about his observations and concerns about the changing culture of the day was published by the New York Times Magazine in 1964 and drew great attention.
He left for California with his family to attend the Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkley, California, from where he received a Doctorate of Theology, summa cum laude, in Religion and Personality Sciences.
In 1969, he became the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. There he was handed the Certificate of Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Nine years later, he followed a call to Indiana to start the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne. He received a degree as a Clinical Social Worker and worked for several years in private practice. One of his specialties was the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related anxiety disorders.

Bob was on several boards in the community, and participated in various civic activities, including many years as part of the Fort Wayne Rotary Club.
He wrote six professional books, and more than 25 articles that were published internationally.
Bob's hobbies were hiking, travel, music, reading, history, and anthropology. He had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and told many funny stories about his days as an Eagle Scout in the Rocky Mountains, including his adventures with "Whitey", the grey mule.
Bob had many dear friends from Fort Wayne and around the world. They were always a source of great joy and laughter and serious exchange of ideas. They never tired from visiting and uplifting him. His fan club overseas was Annelie's family and friends.
Grieving but also celebrating his life is his wife of 40 years, Annalie; his daughter Crista Fay (Lawrence) Boyles; sons Robert Turner Collie and Felix Moxter, and his grandson Lukas Otto Moxter.
We lift Bob up with gratitude and love for being with us for so many years, and we send him off to his new life with our eternal God in Heaven.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m.

If you wish to donate please consider the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food Bank and First Presbyterian Church (memo: Deacon).

Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home.