Plymouth State College will celebrate the life of President Emeritus Harold Hyde at a memorial service on Monday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
The program will include several speakers and musical tributes reflecting on Hyde’s legacy to Plymouth State College, as well as a video presentation. Among the scheduled speakers are: President Donald P. Wharton; Dr. Richard Evans ’64, mathematics professor; Richard Hage, dean of students; Patricia Storer ’48, former dean of women, assistant professor and registrar; Dr. David Switzer, professor of history and former chair of the social science department; and Dr. Mary Anne Saul, Hyde’s daughter.
Hyde had a 26-year tenure as president of Plymouth Teachers College and Plymouth State College. During that time, the College enrollment grew from about 250 to almost 3500 students. Buildings added to the campus included a physical education center, a dramatics-music building, a library, a science building, an infirmary, and administration building, a college union, dining commons and a multi-purpose classroom building, which bears his name. Also added were five dormitories and two student housing complexes.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Rita Oliver Hyde, and his daughter, Dr. Mary Anne Saul. Contributions in his memory may be made to a Plymouth State College Scholarship in his name.