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Julius Hegyi, 83, music professor and conductor

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Julius Hegyi, a retired music professor at Williams College and conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, has died.

Mr. Hegyi died in Phoenix on New Year's Day of complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his son-in-law. He was 83.

Mr. Hegyi came to Williams in 1965 after 10 years with the Chattanooga Symphony. He remained at Williams until his retirement in 1985.

Retired Williams music professor Irwin Shainman said Mr. Hegyi brought many distinguished musicians to the Berkshires and founded a string instruction program at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Mr. Hegyi, a violinist, was born in New York and graduated from the Juilliard School.

After his retirement, Mr. Hegyi went on to guest-conduct orchestras in the United States and overseas.

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