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Cambridge man donates $8.1 million to Berklee College of Music

For years, a Cambridge man quietly sat in the recital halls at the Berklee College of Music, where he immersed himself in the sounds of student jazz performances. He made no fuss. No one at the college even knew his name.

But Oliver Dyer Colvin Jr. held on to a secret that Berklee learned only after his death: In his will, he left the school the largest financial gift it has ever received.

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