Death of Peter Paul Fuchs, Long-time Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and Greensboro Opera
GREENSBORO – Dr. Peter Paul Fuchs passed away Monday, March 26, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at Friend’s Home West at a later date.
He was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1916 and died on March 26, 2007. He graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music in 1935, came to the United States in 1938, and became a U.S. citizen in 1942. From 1942 until 1945, he served in the U.S. Army. From 1940-50, he worked at the Metropolitan Opera as an Assistant Conductor and Conductor. In 1950, he became a Professor at the Louisiana State University, directing its opera and symphony orchestra. In addition, he became the conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in 1964, where he remained until 1976. In 1976, he re-located to Greensboro, where he served as the conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and Greensboro Opera until 1992. During his career, he was a guest conductor of opera and symphony orchestras extensively in the U.S. and in Europe. He became Conductor Laureate of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra upon his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elissa M. Fuchs; daughter Debora F. Porazzi; sons Roy and John Fuchs; and grandchildren Gabriella Porazzi and Leslie and David Fuchs.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Friend’s Home Guilford, Friend’s Home West, and Hospice Association for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Fuchs’ family asks that contributions be made to Hospice Association or the National Alzheimer’s Association.
(Reprinted as a public service from Greensboro’s News & Record, 3/28/2007.)