The WBA mourns the loss of one of its early leaders, Sydelle Pittas, who died last week from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Sydelle was the founder of the WBA’s first regional committee – the Middlesex County Committee – which is among the most active of the WBA’s 29 committees. The Middlesex County Committee became the WBA’s “model” regional committee and helped spawn the other regional committees that exist today: Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, MetroWest, New Bedford/Fall River, North of Boston, South Shore and Western Massachusetts. The WBA awarded Sydelle with its Lelia J. Robinson award in 2011. Named for the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, the Lelia J. Robinson award recognizes women who, like Robinson, have captured the spirit of pioneering in the legal profession and have made a difference in the community. Sydelle embodied all of the characteristics for which this award is given: she achieved professional excellence, encouraged women to pursue legal careers, advanced job opportunities for women within the legal profession and performed exemplary service on behalf of women. Sydelle was an accomplished attorney and many of us will remember her as a role model and trailblazer as well as a “behind the scenes” confidante and mentor to generations of women attorneys.
We invite you to read about Sydelle’s remarkable life and career in the story the Boston Globe ran on Monday as well as two recent stories from the local paper in Longboat Key, FL where Sydelle had lived since 2013.
Donations may be made in Sydelle’s memory to the Selah Freedom Foundation or to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus.
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