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Katharine  Wylie

Obituary for Katharine Wylie

August 23, 1943 - January 15, 2021
Brattleboro, Vermont | Age 77


Katharine Wylie of Brattleboro died at home on January 15th at the age of 77, after a brief battle with cancer. Kate grew up in Sudbury, MA, daughter of Craig and Angela Wylie. She is predeceased by her sister Charlotte and survived by sibling Moira, Meg, Andrew, and Jennifer.

After graduating from the Winsor School, then Barnard College in 1965, she worked for the Department of Public Welfare in New York City, where she met her first husband, Roger Dalton. Soon after marrying, the couple joined the Peace Corps and, after training at the Experiment in International Living in Brattleboro, were posted to Brazil. There, Kate worked with Catholic priests to publicize first-hand accounts of the dictatorship's acts of kidnapping and torture. Upon returning, she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she gave birth to two children Jacob and Anna Dalton.

In 1971, the family moved to London, England, where Kate trained as a psychotherapist and remarried, also helping to found the Open Centre, a wholistic therapy center in Old Street. In 1980, she returned to Vermont, which had remained in her heart since her time at the Experiment. The family settled in Marlboro, where they built a post-and-beam house on Church Hollow Road, and Kate ran her psychotherapy practice out of Solar Hill on Western Avenue throughout the 1980's and early 90's.

After divorcing her second husband in 1987, she moved first to Brattleboro, then Somerville, MA, and ultimately, in 2008, back to Brattleboro where she felt most at home.

An avid gardener and reader of novels and poetry, she lived her life with passion and honesty. A lifelong Buddhist, in her last years, she taught meditation at the prison in Cheshire County, NH. She loved talking and playing with her family—her children and their partners, Alice Robinson and Jan Plug, and her four grandchildren, Naima, Isla, Ezra, and Sam. She will be deeply missed by her family and the many friends and clients whose lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Kate's memory to the Innocence Project (Http:// would be appreciated.
Private burial is being held at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.

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