Pam B. Wyatt, a veteran nonprofit executive who was director of the Poor and Needy Division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, died Nov. 20.
Wyatt, who was 54, had joined the Reynolds Trust a year ago after serving as president of the Cape Fear Area United Way in Wilmington.
But in March, she had surgery after a recurrence of melanoma, which she had had some years earlier, says Karen McNeil-Miller, the foundation’s president.
After taking time off for chemotherapy treatment, she says, Wyatt was able to work in the month of October.
She was responsible for the division of the $500 million-asset Reynolds Trust that makes grants to address the needs of poor and needy people in Forsyth County.
Those grants typically total $5 million to $6 million a year and represent one-fourth of the grant dollars the foundation makes.
A native of Rutherford County with a master’s degree in business administration from Queens University in Charlotte, Wyatt had founded the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Carolina Foothills in Rutherford County.
Before joining United Way in Wilmington, she also had served as president of Smart Start of Forsyth County, vice president of community impact for United Way of Forsyth County, and president of Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Forsyth County.
“She was smart, witty, intelligent, sassy,” McNeil-Miller says. “We were so lucky to have her.”