GAYLE ATKINS

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ATKINS--Gayle Angela Perkins, a civic leader and former award-winning broadcast journalist, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City. Mrs. Atkins was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 28, 1951 to the late Matthew Emmett Perkins, Sr. and the late Grace Virginia Blackwell Perkins. Mrs. Atkins helped to integrate the Richmond public schools, and graduated from the historic boarding high school, St. Francis De Sales School for Girls, in Powhatan, Virginia. Mrs. Atkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree from American University and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Recent and previous board service by Mrs. Atkins includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Mason University, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Reading is Fundamental, Virginia Executive Mansion, The Washington Ballet, The Kennedy Center National Council, The Juilliard School Council, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice, The Center for Social Inclusion and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Additionally, she served on the Advisory Council for the Harvard Law School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, as well as The Parrish Art Museum Advisory Council. Mrs. Atkins was also a member of the American Friends of the Royal Academy Trust. During the course of her active life, Mrs. Atkins was a parishioner of St. James' Church in New York City; and was a member of several organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, The Girl Friends, Inc. and Carrousels, Inc. Mrs. Atkins is survived by her husband, Charles N. Atkins, Jr. of New York City; her brother, Matthew E. Perkins, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia; her first cousin, Kim Dagner Boddie of Bowie, Maryland; her brother in-law Edmund E. Atkins and his wife Vera, of Washington, D.C.; her sister in-law Valerie Atkins Alexander of Wilmington, Delaware; and many other relatives and devoted friends across the nation. The Atkins family wishes to express our deep appreciation for all of the assistance, guidance and love shared with us during this time. The wake for Mrs. Atkins will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00 pm at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The funeral celebration will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 3:00pm at St. James' Church, 865 Madison Avenue, also in Manhattan. The Atkins family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org), in the memory of Trustee Gayle Perkins Atkins.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 18, 2012
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