Remembering Former SLIS Faculty Member, Terry Plum

December 14, 2018

Terry Plum

Simmons regrets to report the passing of Terry Plum, former faculty member and director of SLIS West.

Simmons grieves the loss of Terry Plum, former director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) West and faculty member, who passed away peacefully on December 10 after a long illness.

Terry came to SLIS (then GSLIS) in 2000 as an assistant professor, teaching courses in reference, management of information technology, and user instruction. In 2002, he became program director of the SLIS West program in Western Massachusetts. 

2013 saw him take on the role of Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, where he oversaw online programs and technology, in addition to leading international projects. With his steady, thoughtful guidance, the SLIS West program grew into a nurturing community of students, faculty and staff, due in no small part to Terry's teaching ability, leadership and sense of humor.

Colleagues have praised Terry for his friendship and professional guidance. Eric Poulin, Lecturer and Site Coordinator at SLIS West, shared these thoughts: "There is not a single institute of learning or information in the western New England area that hasn’t been positively influenced by Terry and his work. I learned more from him and his easy-going yet determined spirit than I probably have learned from anyone else in my professional life. He guided SLIS West not only with integrity and the highest academic standards, but with good nature and positive humor. I will miss him with all of my heart."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's wife Sydney and their family at this difficult time. Everyone who had the privilege of working with Terry will remember the positive impact his kindness has had on their lives and work.