Larry lost his fight with melanoma cancer on February 24, 2014 at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
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A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Sammy Campbell.
Inurnment will be private. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the American Legion in Front Royal.
Larry was born in Takoma Park, MD to S.R. and N.R. Collins. He was a 1960 graduate of Randolph Macon Academy. He graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Columbia Union College and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland.
He was a certified teacher in the state of Maryland and taught science in the Montgomery County Public School System. Later he became a wildlife biologist with the Smithsonian Institution, first working at the National Zoo in D.C. and then transferring to the Smithsonian Conservation Center in Front Royal, VA , where he retired after 30 years of total service. Following retirement he was employed by Rappahannock Public School System for several years as a substitute teacher.
His hobbies included orchid culture, gardening, fly fishing, and hunting with a flintlock rifle. Larry was a volunteer firefighter for 36 years. He received advanced training from the University of Maryland School of Fire Programs and was certified at the Instructor III level with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
Larry is survived by his wife of 37 years Charlene C. Collins; his daughter Michelle E. Duncan; and two grandchildren Andrew C. Duncan and Kayla M. Duncan all of Huntly, VA.
In lieu of flowers, Larry's wishes were to have memorial contributions made to RappCats, PO Box 307, Washington, VA 22472 or to Rappahannock Animal Welfare League, PO Box 396, Amissville, VA 20106.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Feb. 26, 2014