Winthrop Carver Collins of Kingston died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the age of 85.
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Following his education at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh, Carver co-founded the William Penn Playhouse and worked for Chatham College in Pittsburgh.
Carver moved his family to the Wyoming Valley in 1968 to work for Wilkes College and then began working at Wyoming Seminary in 1970. It was at "Sem" where Carver flourished for 35 years as a teacher of literature, history and theater.
Directing young actors, building scenery and staging productions filled Carver with purpose.
In equal measure, he thrived on his ability to inspire his students to think and write clearly and concisely.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winthrop and Priscilla Williams Collins, and his granddaughter, Devin Linnell Johnson.
Surviving are his daughter, Mora Collins Johnson; his son, Robert G. Collins, and daughter-in-law, Flor Cam; and granddaughter, Kierney Marie Johnson.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center on the Wyoming Seminary Campus, Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the W. Carver Collins Memorial Fund for the Performing Arts, c/o Development Office at Wyoming Seminary, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harold C. Snowdon Home for Funerals Inc., 420 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 17, 2013