Victor Herbert Kollman was born January 2, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa to Victor Henry Kollman and Ruby Hoover Kollman. He graduated from West High School in 1956 and continued his education at the University of Northern Iowa where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry. In 1964 he moved his family to Los Alamos, New Mexico where he first taught junior high science, then later was employed in the health research facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Through this work and in cooperation with the University of California, he obtained his doctorate degree.
The summer of 1978 found Victor in Klamath Falls, Oregon harvesting blue-green algae from Upper Klamath Lake. After three years of traveling between Oregon and New Mexico, he left the employment of the federal government and concentrated on his new business venture, K.C. Laboratories. This was the first company to commercially harvest and market algae from Upper Klamath Lake.
The company continued to grow over the next few years as Dr. Kollman traveled extensively across the United States holding “Blue-Green Manna” seminars. Somehow, he also found time to make several trips to a leper colony in India, supplying the algae to those less fortunate.
In 1983 and 1984 he fought and won a fierce legal battle with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the outcome of which was the adjudication of the algae in Upper Klamath Lake as a food. But within weeks of Judge Helen Frye’s decision, the FDA filed a second lawsuit, claiming that Blue-Green Manna was being marketed as a drug, not a food. This action resulted in a permanent injunction, which forced the closure of K.C. Laboratories.
Still determined to continue his life’s work, in 1986 Dr. Kollman began to concentrate his research on the lichens which grow abundantly around the Klamath Falls area. From this project, a new company, Research Experiments & Innovations emerged. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home on the morning of March 11, 1996.
Article by Victor Kollman:
Freeze-Drying Makes the Difference, Nov. 1995
A provocative article on little publicized but very significant details of ‘freeze drying’ in the nutritional supplement industry.