Farewell, Peggy Dyess

After more than 30 years at Flagler College, the Proctor Library’s very own Peggy Dyess has retired. She wrote the following letter to be shared with the College community:

“Well Kids,

I will miss this place that has been my home away from home for so many years.

As most of you know I started my career here at Flagler in 1988 when the Library was housed on three floors of Kenan Hall. In 1996 the construction of the first free-standing Library at Flagler College was completed. The move to the new Proctor Library was quite an accomplishment as thousands of books and a very excited staff settled into a new home.

We were elated with the luxury of the palatial building. There was an air of anticipation and enthusiasm among us all. I will never forget how blessed I felt to have the opportunity to work in such beautiful surroundings. I have never lost that perspective.

Going upstairs now into the stacks is like a sentimental journey as I am reminded of the many summers I spent on the second floor, shifting and shelving and running inventory. It occurred to me that I have touched so many of the books in the collection and cleaned and dusted all of the shelving at one time or another. I appreciated getting away from my desk and the computer screen and getting to know the collection. Interlibrary Loan is my real passion and I will miss the daily chase to hunt down resources for faculty, staff and the student body.

I have no regrets about the decision to retire but after 30 years I have a very emotional attachment to this place and all the people that I have worked with and met here who will have a lasting impact on my life. It has been a pleasure to work with you all and all of those that have left before me. I leave with best wishes for all of you who have made me so proud as you work together for the continued success of Proctor Library.

There is a special place in my heart and remembrance for the three Directors of Proctor Library who have enriched my work ethic and put up with me over the years. Margaret, Mike and Brian who could ask for better leaders?

I consider my time here a privilege and I take some real good memories away as I go.

God Bless You All
Peggy D. aka Library Mom”

Photo of Peggy Dyess

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Working with you and especially being one room away from you since July 2014 has been the REAL privilege, Peggy. Your absence is already noticeable and felt here in the Proctor Library, yet I wish you many happy and healthy years in your retirement. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in every way.

    1. Thank you for your heartfelt wishes Brian. You are the Best!

  2. You are the best Library Mom we could have asked for, Peggy! We will all miss you very much and I wish you the very best in your retirement! Thank you for everything you’ve done for me over the years. 🙂

    1. Thank you Blake for posting this tribute and my farewell letter. I really appreciate all that you do for Proctor Library and all of your help over the years. Best wishes for the future!

  3. Oh goody! The comments section is now working. 🙂
    We miss you, Peggy. The Library just is not the same without you. Actually though, I have been asked to pass along a very important message from some friends: tweet tweet, coo coo “Thank you Miss Peggy for leaving behind your rainboots with Miss Katherine so she can wade through the ditch to feed us!” Haven’t seen ‘greedy squirrel’ but he no doubt sends thanks along too.

    Be sure to come by and visit us all when you have a chance!! Sending prayers to you and yours….

  4. Thank you KHO for your message. I appreciate you and your uniquely qualified contributions to the success of Proctor Library. As one of my ‘kids’ you make me proud of your investment in the ongoing day to day advancement of scholarship at Flagler College. I can imagine that my feathered friends are very grateful for your faithful care. It makes me smile when I think about the variety of visitors to the window feeder pudgy squirrels and all. I am so thankful for your prayers.

  5. Hi Peggy,
    I know you will miss the library, just as I do. There is no finer and more beautiful library (and College!) to work in. In addition, the way everyone gets along and works hard to make Proctor Library the very best is a big part of working at such a fine institution. For thirty years (Wow!) you shared your talents (not to mention all the yummy Peggy-Pies) with everyone the staff. You also shared so much more, too much to write here. I Know you will miss the library, but I know you also have a special ‘calling’ now to fulfill. I hope we can always stay in contact; it was my great pleasure to work with you for many years.
    All the best, Cynthia

    1. Thank you Dear Cynthia for your heartfelt message. I will always be grateful for your friendship and your contributions to Proctor Library. Yes, I do have a very special calling now to care for my 90 yr old Mom. It is a challenge but the Lord is guiding me and giving me strength and patience as I fulfill this calling while showing me a new appreciation for quality time at home with my hubby of 50 yrs. and my kitties.
      May God Bless You and your dear ones, Peggy

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