Peter Paul Fuchs
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Fuchs, Peter Paul Dr. Peter Paul Fuchs was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1916, and died on Monday, March 26, 2007. In 1935, he graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music, 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. He worked at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as an assistant conductor and conductor from 1940 to 1950. In 1950, he became a professor of the LSU 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, N.C., where he served as the conductor of both 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; two sons, Roy and John Fuchs; and three grandchildren, Gabriella Porazzi and Leslie and David Fuchs. A memorial service will be held at Friends Homes West at a later date. Heartfelt thanks to Friends Homes Guilford, Friends Homes 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. Forbis & Dick Guilford Chapel is serving the family and condolences may be offered at

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Published in The Advocate on Mar. 28, 2007.
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April 1, 2007
Dr. Fuchs was such a great influence in the music world. I was his student at LSU during 1957-60, and again in 1969. He made opera come to life for so many and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to sing under his direction. I have many fond memories of opera lab with him --learning to walk to music in 3/4 time--allowing me to bring my new son to La Boheme rehearsals, and having other cast members care for him while I was on stage, and many more.
He touched many lives and we knew we had been in the presence of a great musician.
Pat (Gammon) Hightower
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