Are You A Rockwell Collins / Collins Aerospace Retiree?

The Collins Retirees Association is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the Association shall be to provide a meeting place for the members and their families, where they can find companionship and opportunities to pursue their interests in recreational activities, crafts, education, and activities to promote the welfare of the community. The Collins Retirees Association (CRA) is primarily a group of Collins Radio Co. or Rockwell Collins retirees local to the Dallas, TX area. However, we welcome retirees (or family members) from related organizations who have worked directly for or retired from Rockwell Collins or one of the affiliated organizations that were part of the Rockwell International group or spin-offs from that group. If you have retired or otherwise fit the description above, you may register as a member and receive our newsletters, emails and meeting notifications.

RCRA Registration

NOTE: Your privacy is important to the organization and your personal information will NOT be released outside the organization in the future. In the past, it was the practice to release rosters with name, address, phone, and email to members of the organization. The policy was revised effective July 1, 2018 to only release a roster of active names with associated email addresses (if email release was specifically authorized by the member). Rosters will be released in PDF format only.


It would be nice to collect historical documents describing the formation of the Retirees Association and it’s history. Also, we are always interested in seeing pictures that commerorate the work we did at Collins, particularly in Dallas area. 

Thank you in advance for looking at your files and trying to find some of the information above. This email account will be monitored by one of the officers  ( 

We are seeking nominations and/or volunteers to lead the RCRA from Oct 2020 to April 2022

The two year terms for our current officers completes after our April 2018 meeting. We are now asking for volunteers to take one of the three positions. The positions are President, Vice President and Treasurer. If you have interest in one of these opportunities, you can contact one of our current officers with any questions and to volunteer. The officers and their contact information can be found under the contacts section of the website. A quick reminder of our current officers is provided below:

  • President – Tommy Dodson ( 951-313-4264)
  • Vice President- Vacant (Bill Zeigler assisting leadership team214-88505634)
  • Treasurer – Ted Fredricks.     ( 214-803-6544)

Presidents Ponderings by Tommy Dodson

A Message From Our President…

It was just in our April meeting that I provided an overview of the Collins’ organization integration with the United Technologies Corporation. Less than two months later, June 9, Raytheon and United Technologies announced their two companies had agreed to combine. WOW! The agreement was characterized as a combination of equals and is expected to be an all stock transaction. The new company will be named Raytheon Technologies Corporation and will be headquartered in Boston ( current headquarters of Raytheon). It was noted that the transaction does not include Otis or Carrier, the two components of UTC which are being spun off by UTC as we discussed in April. The announcement indicated the deal should close in the first half of 2020. This is the information available at this time but we will provide further information as the companies provide updates.

 Our Fall meeting is set for Thursday October 17, 2019 at the Richardson Civic Center. In this meeting I will provide an update on the organizational approach we approved last year. I am pleased to say we have now received all required approval at the State and Federal level and are now recognized as a 501-c4 non-profit. Special thanks goes to Ted Fredricks, Bill Zeigler, Eric Pearson and Jim Brown who all supported developing and submitting the needed applications for approval. In addition, I will provide an overview of an outstanding non-profit group based here in Richardson. The Ark House is an organization associated with the First United Methodist Church Richardson offering low cost apartments to individuals and families going through extended hospital care in the Dallas area. The patients include transplant recipients, cancer treatments, burn victims and others. The families live outside the DFW metroplex but require relocation for extended periods during these critical treatments. This can be financially devastating and the Ark House provides an alternative that can significantly minimize the financial burden. It is a great ministry here in our back yard and we wanted to highlight them in our Fall session.

 I hope you can make it and we look forward to visiting with you on October 17.

 Tommy Dodson

Member Contributions

Member contributions received at the meetings continue to play a major role in offsetting the expenses of this organization. When the baskets are passed please be generous. Another way to help RCRA is to purchase an ad on this site. Any RCRA officer can help you with the details.

New Retirees & Obituaries

Due to privacy concerns, Rockwell Collins does not directly release the names and contact information of employees retiring.  Therefore, it is up to us (all of you and me) to take notice of those retiring and report that information to the RCRA leadership.  Please provide name and contact information of new retirees by email or phone to the RCRA officers.  See the Contacts & Links page for phones. Email: We ask you to notify one of the officers of obituaries/death notices for our members and send a copy to our email account ( to aid in distribution of that information to our members.

Website Information

In 2015, Jerry Henninger, a past president of RCRA, engaged his business partner Lance Ochs to develop, maintain, and host the RCRA website, Today, Lance continues to host the website but we’ve transitioned development to Bill Zeigler and on-going maintenance to Eric Pearson. We thank Jerry and Lance for the initial development and for hosting our web site. We also thank Bill & Eric for taking the initiative to reorganize and update the website.

RCRA Meeting is Coming!

Thursday – April 16, 2020 9:00am Social Hour 10:00am Business Meeting Richardson Civic Center 411 W. Arapaho Road 75080 For planning, our meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of April and October each year.  You can mark you calendar now to reserve the dates.

Next Meeting - October 17, 2019