Sylvia Keyes
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Sylvia Poster Keyes, age 88, former resident of Bridgewater, passed away in The Villages, Fla., September 9, 2020, after a period of declining health. Sylvia, a working mother in the 1960s, received her MBA while raising her family in the 1970s. Sylvia transitioned into Education in 1981, where she was a founding faculty member of Bridgewater State University's management and aviation school, where she touched the lives of many students and colleagues. Sylvia's passion in life was playing duplicate bridge, where she achieved the level of Ruby Life Master. Sylvia is survived by her beloved husband, Alexander Keyes; her son, Glenn Poster, wife Robin of Methuen, and their two children, Eric and Geoffrey; her daughter, Dawn Sullivan, husband Bill of Brockton, and their two children, Melissa and Adam.

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Published in Journal-News Independent from Sep. 15 to Sep. 24, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Prof. Keyes was a remarkable woman, As a clerk in the Registrar's Office it was always my pleasure working with her. She was one of the first women to be a appointed chairperson of an academic department. She took on that challenge with grace and courage. She told me once that she was very hard on the students because she knew what the outside world was going to expect from them and she wanted them to be prepared. When I asked how her kids and grandkids were, her face just beamed with pride!
Peg Mercier
Coworker
September 18, 2020
I was honored to know and work with Sylvia for many years as a colleague professor at Bridgewater State University. She was an innovative, early advocate for experiential learning, and we collaborated together to conduct Economic Impact studies with our Management and Economics students throughout the years. Sylvia was truly an inspiration to BSU students, colleagues, and friends. We will always remember her significant contributions to higher education; her deep commitment to serving the community; and her personal dedication to helping students achieve their professional goals. Sylvia's legacy will continue to live on through the ongoing contributions of her BSU students, colleagues, and community partners.
Dr. Margaret Brooks
Coworker
September 16, 2020
I knew Sylvia from the Dartmouth and Massachusetts bridge games we shared. She was a wonderful bridge player who always pushed every hand and every partner to their limit. And we all learned from her perceptive play.
Everyone received a friendly smile and greeting from Sylvia at local clubs and at tournaments
I’m sorry to hear of Sylvia’s passing and want to extend my sympathy to her family
Connie Sweeney
Connie Sweeney
Friend
September 15, 2020
Professor Keyes was my Marketing professor. She was an amazing woman. She taught me so much. She never gave up on anyone. She had faith in me when I didn’t have it in myself. She pushed me, encouraged me, and gave me confidence. I am forever grateful to have know her. Rest peacefully. Class of 1985
Linda (Brazil) Chisholm
Student
September 15, 2020
Dear Dawn and family
My condolences in the passing of your mother. Thoughts and prayers
Rory Slye
Rory Slye
Friend
September 15, 2020
So many memories in marketing at BSU. She had a profound impact on so many of us and on BSU. Quite the legacy she leaves behind.
Gary Powers
Student
September 15, 2020
She was the hardest professor I ever had and the one that made the biggest impact on my life. I am forever - to this day- talking about her and what she taught me.
I am sad to hear of her passing but know she really did make an impact on several of us at Bridgewater State. Thank you Professor Keyes for all that you did for a Marketing Major from the class of 1989. You will always be remembered fondly!
-Danielle D’Atri
Danielle D’Atri
Student
September 15, 2020
She was the hardest professor I ever had and the one that made the biggest impact on my life. I am forever - to this day- talking about her and what she taught me.
I am sad to hear of her passing but know she really did make an impact on several of us at Bridgewater State. Thank you Professor Keyes for all that you did for a Marketing Major from the class of 1989. You will always be remembered fondly!
-Danielle D’Atri
Danielle D’Atri
Student
September 15, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. She taught several of my management classes at BSU in the mid eighties, and the lessons I learned from her carried with me throughout my life. Thank you Professor Keyes for sharing your invaluable knowledge with me. May you Rest In Peace..
Gina Florio
Student
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