Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Thomas Herbert Collawn M.D.

April 17, 1932June 10, 2019

Thomas Herbert Collawn, M.D., 87, of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on June 10, 2019. Dr. Collawn was born in Williamson, West Virginia on April 17, 1932, the son of the late William Ashton and Elaine Belknap Collawn. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 1956. During his two years in the United States Navy stationed in Key West, Florida, Tom met and married Ann Pleasants of Durham, NC. They returned to Durham for him to complete his anesthesia residency at Duke University Medical School.

After moving to Charlotte in 1961, Tom practiced Anesthesiology at Presbyterian Hospital until 1978 when he moved across the street to work at the Orthopedic Hospital. He served as the Head of Anesthesiology until his retirement in 1994. He was President of Mecklenburg Anesthesia Associates and belonged to both the North Carolina Medical Society and the Mecklenburg County Medical Society. Though Tom thoroughly enjoyed his years in medicine and the friends he made along the way, he was never bored after retiring. He was grateful to have so many great years sitting on the pier at Lake Norman, singing at the top of his lungs along with his player piano, crabbing at Litchfield, telling jokes, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann; his sister, Frances Rickard; and sister-in-law, Virginia Collawn. Also surviving are his son, James Belknap Collawn, M.D. and wife, Beth of Raleigh, NC and daughter, Anna Collawn Bowden and husband, MacDonald of Davidson, NC. Tom is also survived by his grandchildren: Emily, Maggie, and Anna Collawn and Snow, Reid, and Marianna Bowden, and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church where he was a member for over fifty years on Thursday, June 13th at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211 or the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 13, 2019


Thomas Herbert Collawn M.D.

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Carolyn Sale Carter

October 22, 2019

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family of Dr. Thomas Herbert Collawn. Thomas's grandfather, Harvey Ashton Collawn was the brother to my grandfather - Malvonia Weston Collawn. I do a Collawn Reunion every year in September. Always enjoy meeting our ancestors. I am own FB. Send me a friend request. My mother was Catherine Collawn Sale.

Carolyn Sale Carter

Mary Anne & Cliff Hammond

June 12, 2019

Tom and Ann were not only neighbors' in-laws but also friends.We had many conversations in the street and driveway separating us from Mack and Anna. Tom was the primary swim teacher to his grandchildren Snow, Marianna and Reid.Tom and I hung out at the neighborhood pools he taught swim lessons. While at the pool we exchanged boat and motor information, jokes and favorite stories in between cigarettes and a drink every now and then. Tom's jokes were hilarious and brought so much joy to both of us.I learned to be extremely kind to Tom and Ann because Ann has a reputation as a baker of delicious cheese straw wafers which were Christmas gifts to friends.Ann was always a delight to talk with. May peace be with the Collawns' and Bowdens' during Tom's transition.
Peace & Love to all the family!
Mary Anne & Cliff

Leslieq Payne

June 12, 2019

Dear Dr. and Mrs. Collawn, Anna, Maggie, and Emily,

I am saddened to hear of your dad/grand-dad's passing. I hope all the memories you have will provide you comfort and laughter during this time of sorrow.


Coach Payne