Dr. Daniel Collins, a Darlington native, was a 1932 graduate of the Darlington County Public Schools. He attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, where he received a B.S. degree in science and a D.D.S. degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He also obtained a master’s degree in dental science from Guggenheim Clinic in New York City. Dr. Collins became the first African-American dentist on faculty at the School of Dental Science at the University of San Francisco in 1942. In 1968, he opened a private practice, Oral-Facial Consultative Service. Dr. Collins helped establish the National Urban League’s San Francisco Bay Area office and the Northern California United Negro College Fund. Dr. Collins passed away on September 13, 2007, at the age of 91.
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