Memorial Service for Bud Collins

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From Anita Ruthling Klaussen:

Our family wants you to attend our memorial service for Bud, so please mark your calendars and make your reservations to arrive by boat, train, car, airplane, or barefoot to celebrate Bud’s magical life with us.

  • Friday, June 17 – Bud’s Birthday
  • 2:00PM
  • Trinity Church
  • Copley Square
  • Boston, Mass.

Contributions honoring Bud

I have had an absolutely overwhelming outpouring of love for Bud since his death. Thank you for that. Many of you have asked where to send contributions …. so here is the information:






Anita Ruthling Klaussen

17 Edgehill Road
Brookline, MA 0244
Twitter: @ARKlaussen
FaceBook: Anita Ruthling Klaussen


  1. Bob Stack on June 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I remember having the honor of playing singles with Bud barefoot on the lush grass of Longwood Tennis Club . I will treasure that memory forever. Bob Stack WRKO Tennis Reporter.

  2. Olivia Tappan on March 20, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I have wonderful memories of Bud from long ago days at WGBH, to seeing him at various tennis tournaments over the years, to participating in his Hackers tournament at the Colony Club on Longboat Key in 2004 (a fun and hilarious week), to having a sweet visit with him at our alumni reunion in May 2015. I am so glad to have known him. What a special person he was. Glad to see that The Sportsmens’ Club is on the list of places for donations. They do such great work. My husband Richard and I will be at the service in June for sure.

    • Nina Saltus on June 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Hi, Olivia. Sorry I missed seeing you at the memorial service. What an impressive gathering! Unfortunately, when Tim Leland was mentioning all the television companies Bud had worked with he forgot to include WGBH, which covered a few tournaments at Longwood Cricket Club when players were still “amateur.” So I was recruited as a (very inexperienced) P.A. by Phil Collyer to work with Bud on some matches there and also at Newport, R.I. All of the wonderful comments about how kind and generous Bud was are all true; I certainly was very glad to have worked (even so briefly) with such a great guy.

  3. Jay Collier on March 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Be sure to see prior stories and comments about Bud here:

  4. Deedee Morss Decker on March 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I used to play a lot of tennis and I knew Bud before he was invited to be a host at the first WGBH auction, around 1966. One day we were on camera at the same time and he embarrassed me enormously by saying that I had GLB. Someone asked what that meant and he said “greatest legs in Boston.” I have never forgotten this, have even dined on it a few times. Those legs are now 76 years old.

    • Jay Collier on March 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      That is funny, Deedee!

  5. Ralph Shirak on March 18, 2016 at 8:21 am

    There was NO ONE Better covering Tennis

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