Dr. Robert L. Rollins, 82, of Raleigh died on Thursday, October 23.
He was born on February 16, 1932 in Farmville, NC to Hope Ward Rollins and R. L. Rollins, Sr.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa in 1952 and Duke University School of Medicine in 1956. He completed an internship at Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, NC and continued his psychiatric residency as Fellow, Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, Kansas.
He served as Chief of Psychiatry for a two–year tour at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL.
Dr. Rollins worked at Dorothea Dix Hospital from 1966 to 2002, first as Director of Residency Training and Hospital Superintendent and, from 1973 until retirement, as Chief of Forensic Psychiatry and Clinical Director.
He held certifications in American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Pain Medicine and a fellowship American Psychiatric Association.
He was awarded a World Health Organization Fellowship for study of the British forensic psychiatry system at Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in 1977.
Teaching appointments included Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UNC – Chapel Hill; Lecturer in Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center; Adjunct Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, East Carolina University Greenville.
Dr. Rollins was a lifelong student of social history and world culture. He was passionate about advancing his own education and supporting the learning of others. His filled his free time and structured his vacations around regional, national and international study programs.
Dr. Rollins is predeceased by his parents and his son Scott. He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Hope Rollins Hess and her husband Steve of Raleigh and grandchildren Lily and Jack Hess, stepdaughter Britt Vice and her husband Kevin Kirkbride of Bethesda and stepson Christopher Vice of Indianapolis.
At home, he was a dedicated parent to Mary and Bob’s wire fox terrier Governor.
A service with friends and family to celebrate Dr. Rollins will be held Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at Springmoor Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh.
Private graveside funeral service will be held at Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville, NC.
Memorial donations may be sent to our state’s Wildflower Program, NC Department of Transportation Roadside Environmental Unit, 1540 MSG, Raleigh, NC 27699–1540.