The Passing of Phyllis Wylde

To the Williams community,

I write to share the sad news that retired senior catalog assistant Phyllis Wylde passed away on Sunday, March 1, at Berkshire Medical Center. She was 86.

A native of North Adams, she attended local schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She joined the technical services department of Sawyer Library in 1985, and over the next 23 years she witnessed and participated in many changes in the college’s libraries, including the collection consolidation for Schow Science Library, the transfer from the card catalog to an online system, and the integration of other library services and technologies.

Phyllis’s colleagues remember her dedication, strong work ethic, and attention to detail among her many attributes that resulted in her taking on greater responsibilities and more complex projects during her tenure. Those who knew her well recall how she continually rose to meet new challenges and always welcomed learning opportunities.

She was predeceased by her husband Arthur, who passed away in 2012. She is survived by her two children Pamela Sbrega and David Wylde; her brother Paul Jones; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Phyllis Wylde on Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in North Adams, with a wake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A burial service will be held in Southlawn Cemetery in Williamstown. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations to the First Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.

Our thoughts are with Phyllis’s family, colleagues, and friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies