College Plans to Host Virtual Memorial Service for Mary Collar

English professor Mary Collar passed away unexpectedly in February. A memorial service for English professor Mary Collar is set to take place on Mar. 27 at 11 a.m. The service is being held to honor Collar’s life and her many accomplishments (Photo Courtesy of Albion College).

A memorial service for English professor Mary Collar is set to take place on Mar. 27 at 11 a.m. The service is being held to honor Collar’s life and her many accomplishments. 

“We have been working closely with friends, family and colleagues of Mary Collar to make plans for a celebration of her life,” said Doctor Ronney Mourad, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, in a campus-wide email. “I know that everybody is keen to show our appreciation and respect for all Dr. Collar has done for our community.” 

The memorial service is going to take place at Tennant Hall in the First United Methodist Church. The service is going to be open to a limited number of in-person guests. Interested persons must RSVP to the service by mail. 

On Feb. 4, Albion College students, faculty and staff were told of Collar’s unexpected passing. The loss of Collar came as a shock to those in the Albion College community, as Collar was an admired professor and had plans to retire after the spring of 2021. 

Collar began her career at Albion College in 1987 and remained a faculty member for over 40 years. During her time at Albion, Collar positively impacted the Albion College community. 

Collar had a larger-than-life persona. She had very high standards for her students, and when they rose to the occasion, she was quick to celebrate their success. She cared deeply about the intellectual integrity of her own classes and of the college’s educational mission,” said Mourad. “Her legacy lives on in our academic programs and in the lives of thousands of students enriched by her lessons about literature and its interpretation.

Due to the memorial’s limited capacity, the majority of the service’s attendees are going to attend virtually through the English department’s Facebook page. The college’s English department is going to broadcast the service at 11 a.m. on Mar. 27 on their Facebook page. 

The online service will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. 

About Morgan DeRose 20 Articles
Morgan DeRose is a junior from Whitehall, Michigan. While studying at Albion College, Morgan is pursuing an Integrated Marketing major and a concentration in the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Morgan also plays on the Albion College Women’s tennis team and works for the college’s yearbook. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and going to the beach.

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