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Leo Collins


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Leo Collins Obituary
Leo Collins, 93, died at home, March 5, 2018. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After three years in the armed services, he went to New York where he received his BA and MA from Columbia University. He then went to Juilliard where he was given a Choral Fellowship to work under Robert Shaw. Leo moved with hs family to Brookline in 1958 and began working for his Doctor of Musical Arts. After receiving his D.M.A. degree from Boston University in 1960, he conducted the chorus at Wheelock College and taught Music History in their Liberal Arts program. While there he created a course The Fine Arts in Boston. Very important to him were all the music programs he started. He was the founding conductor in 1964 of the Cantata Singers. He developed the music program at The First Church in Boston (founded in 1630) and when he retired he wrote a history of the church, gathering historical documents of its founding which were given to the Massachusetts Historical Society. The MHA subsequently honored his contributions by making him a member. Leo was an active participent in the Emerson Garden Neighborhood Association, and it was a very happy experience for him to be part of this community. His warm smile and gentle sense of humor endeared him to his family and to his neighbors. He loved Brookline and was proud to call it home. He is survived by his wife, Joan, of 68 years, three daughters, Catherine, Deborah, Mary, in Brookline, and a son, Leo, and daughter-in-law Bonnie, in Barrington, Illinois. A Memorial Service will be held at The First Church in Boston, on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to The Collins Memorial Music Fund at The First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116. www.bellodeafh.com
Published in The Brookline Tab from Mar. 10 to Mar. 22, 2018
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