Pauline Keyburn "Keye" Hollister

3/31/39- 9/22/23

Photo courtesy of Lavyrne Wallace

Keye Hollister was born in Pittsfield, Mass. where she lived for much of her life. She graduated from Miss Hall's School in 1956, attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Mass. before graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1974. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Mass. in 1978.

When Keye returned from Paris in 1959 she, she became a ski instructor, as did all of her three siblings. She passed two levels of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Certification in Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, as did her brothers Barry and Jim.

Keye was a flight attendant for Seaboard for 15 years from 1963-1978, where she also served as a union representative. During that time, she worked toward her law degree. Keye and her late husband, John, whom she met in law school in 1974, practiced together as Gobel and Hollister, law partners, in Pittsfield. She served as Pittsfield City Solicitor for three years from 1979-1983 and was elected president of the Berkshire Bar Association, where she became Berkshire County representative to the Massachusetts Bar Association Board of Trustees. She was a United States Bankruptcy Trustee for Berkshire County from 1980 to 1987. Following a forty-year law career, Keye retired in 2018.

Keye was an active community member in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. She served in many volunteer roles. She was a Massachusetts Justice Project Board Member and was on the Supreme Judicial Court Committee from 2005-2010. She was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees from 2002-2008. She served on the Berkshire IOLTA Committee for 10 years, 5 years as chair and was a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA committee from its founding, serving three years as chair. She was a member of the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees from 1986-1994. She was a past board member of the Pittsfield YMCA, Business Women's Development Council, Governors Executive Office, the Colonial Theatre, Berkshire County Committee on Women in Crisis, Committee on Homeless Persons, City of Pittsfield, Women's Service Center, The Helen Berube Teen Parent Program, Displaced Homemaker Program Advisory Board and a Zonta of Berkshire County member from 2005 until she died.

As an aunt to dozens, she derived joy from the continual visits she made with over 40 nieces, nephews, and a world of friends. Following her years with Seaboard, Keye and John made annual trips to Europe, the Caribbean or Asia. They made yearly treks to the Rocky Mountains; skiing frequently in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. They owned a rustic cottage on Saquish Beach in Plymouth, Mass. where they would retreat for long vacations every summer and entertain family and friends.

Keye is survived by her brother, James P. "Jim" Hollister. She was predeceased by her husband, John; brother Joseph B. "Barry" Hollister, and sister, JoAnn Hollister. She is seen above in Japan during the Vietnam War days.