2016-06-16 / Obituaries

Bud Collins Memorial Service

On June 17, what would have been Arthur “Bud” Collins’ 87th birthday, his family is holding a memorial service in his honor, according to his official Facebook page.

Collins, best known for his career as a journalist and tennis sportscaster, died in early March. He often visited Newport, and in 1994 was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He also participated in the Angela Moore Fashion Show for a decade.

While studying as a graduate student at Boston University, Collins began to write for the Boston Herald. In 1964 Collins started to write for the Boston Globe and also began his career in broadcasting at WGBH. By this time, his journalistic focus on tennis was clear. As well as his continued writing for the Boston Globe, in his career Collins was a part of NBC, ESPN and the Tennis Channel’s tennis coverage, according to Collins’ page on the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s website. Collins also hosted the popular NBC segment “Breakfast at Wimbledon” in which he offered commentary from the All England Club. Collins’ commentary was always colorful, as were his outfits, and over the course of his career he gained a dedicated following.

His wife, Anita Ruthling Klaussen, asks that donations in Collins’ memory be sent to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center or Sportmen’s Tennis Club.

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