Former Librarian Dead at 100
May 10, 2013
Longtime Guilford librarian Treva Wilkerson Mathis Dodd, 100, died quietly at her home in Suffolk, Va., on April 28.
Born in Randleman, Treva graduated from Woman’s College (now UNCG) with a major in library science. She began working at Guilford College Library in 1950 and during her 30-year career at the College she served as cataloger, reference librarian, curator of the Quaker Collection (now the Friends Historical Collection) and acting head librarian.
She retired in 1980 as associate library director and curator of the Quaker Collection with the rank of assistant professor. Her portrait hangs in the Carnegie Room.
“Treva Mathis Dodd was a true friend to me. I credit Treva for helping me to get a job at Guilford College where I have been employed since 1979,” Gertrude Beal, manager of prospect research in the Office of Advancement, wrote in an online tribute to Treva.
“I met her when I was working on my master’s thesis in what was then the Quaker Collection in the Guilford College Library. We kept in touch even after she left Greensboro to live with her son and his family in Virginia.
“She would call when she would return to Greensboro for visits and we would always get together. I’ll miss her and her kind ways and wonderful letters that I received up until this year.”
Treva was pre-deceased by her parents, daughter Lynne Mathis Lucas, granddaughter Kelley Patrice Mathis, husband William Sam Mathis, second husband Charles Francis Dodd, brother Philip Edgar Wilkerson, niece Lucinda Wilkerson and nephew Philip Ryan “Mickey” Wilkerson.
She is survived by her son William Brantley Mathis; daughter-in-law Carle Ward Mathis; grandchildren Courtney Marie Mathis, Christopher Brantley Mathis, and William O’Connor Mathis and his wife Katherine Donahoe Mathis; and great-granddaughters Kelly Shianne Lindsey, Kayla Marie Lindsey and Virginia Faith Mathis.
A memorial service will be held in Greensboro at a date and time to be determined. To read the full obituary or offer condolences, visit the Baker-Foster Funeral Home website.