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Arthur N. Collins 1924-2011 LENOX Arthur N. Collins, 87, died December 2, 2011 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield following a long illness. Dr. Collins, professor emeritus of English at the University at Albany, is survived by his children, Edith (Andrew) Wyman of Clifton Park, N.Y.; Amy (Joseph) Hoptay of Sewickley, Pa.; Nicholas Collins of Glens Falls, N.Y.; Leslie Collins of Winthrop, Maine; stepchildren Charles (Cinnamon) Barber of Washington, D.C.; Hilary (Joyce) Barber of Amherst, Mass.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Stephanie Frey Barber, and his first wife, Marion Buetow Collins. Born Nov. 25, 1924, in Cobleskill, N.Y., he graduated from high school at age sixteen and entered the New York State College for Teachers in Albany, N.Y. Drafted into the Air Force in 1944 where he trained as a radio technician, he returned to the Teachers' College in 1946 and received a B.A. in English in 1948. He married his first wife, Marion Buetow, in June of that year. He later received both his MA in English (1951) and PhD (1964) from the University of Minnesota. He returned to teach at the State Teachers College (now the University at Albany) in 1951, and retired from there almost thirty-five years later in 1985. An avid traveler, he taught as a Fulbright professor in Lubumbashi, Congo, from 1966-1967 and later served as a visiting professor at the University in Nice, France, and in Würzburg, Germany. During his tenure in the English department at Albany, Dr. Collins established the Doctor of Arts program in New York State. He served for many years in the University Senate, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association for five consecutive terms. He was a recipient of the University's Distinguished Service Award, and in 1985 was named a Collins Fellow (named for Evan R. Collins, President of the University from 1949-1969), an award that recognizes outstanding contribution to the University in commitment and service. In 2009, in honor of his devotion to the University's Art Museum, the name of its annual Purchase Prize for art was permanently changed to the Arthur N. Collins '48 Purchase Prize. Once retired from teaching, he moved to Lenox, Mass. and married his second wife, Stephanie Barber, in 1989. He continued to serve on the Alumni Board at the University at Albany until April of this year. A lifelong lover of the Arts, he did poetry and dramatic readings with Academy Award winner Maureen Stapleton, Kristin Linklater, Dory Previn, and others, to benefit the Lenox Library. Most recently he recorded books for the blind and visually disabled as a volunteer at the Lenox studio of Learning Ally. There will be no calling hours or visitation. A private interment will be held at the Stockbridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Arthur N. Collins and Marion B. Collins Fellowship through the UAlbany Fund, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave, UAB 226, Albany, NY, 12222; and the Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 13, 2011
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