A Reach for the Stars…

By Dr. Don Newbury


When folks strive greatly to take from life what matters most— learning along the way that it’s mostly about giving—phrases like “giant strides” or “standing tall” come into play. It seems “Texan to the core” to do so.

Sometimes, though, along comes someone who learns early on that noteworthy accomplishments also can accrue from taking smaller steps, reaching higher and working harder.

Such was a delightful man named Richard (Dick) Collins, a favorite by any measure. On graduation day in 1948, he and 23 classmates proudly accepted diplomas at Chillicothe, TX, High School. Under four feet tall, this oldest of five children endeared himself to his family, school and the community, a pattern that defined him throughout life. He loomed large in giving back.


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