• 64 years old
  • Born on August 10, 1947 .
  • Passed away on January 30, 2012 .

 In accordance with her wishes, Phyllis was cremated at Mount Auburn Cemetery in a private family ceremony on Thursday, February 2nd. 

A remembrance and celebration of Phyllis' life was held on Sunday, February 5th, at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge.  Phyllis' family wishes to express our warm appreciation to the many friends and family who attended the ceremony. 

Phyllis' obituary appeared on page B12 of The Boston Globe on Friday, February 3rd.  

Phyllis' story was also featured in an April 23, 2009 New York Times article: "Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer," written by Gina Kolata.

Condolences may be sent to Phyllis' family at:
10 Kelly Road, Cambridge, MA 02139

In lieu of flowers, please consider making 
a contribution to one of the following organizations supported by Phyllis: 

The Oneness Family School: International Peace Academy in Washington, D.C.
The Massachusetts Audubon Society
The Kaji Aso Studio, in Boston
The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, in Cambridge


"Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost.
Let us awaken
Do not squander your life."

                                  -Zen Night Chant


Posted by Lee Varon on 30th January 2019
Phylly Your spirit spreads its wings over us during these troubled times . These many years I have missed you I keep your words and your love in my heart and try to be the person you believed in.
Posted by Lucile Burt on 30th January 2018
Yet another poem inspired by our beloved friend: MOON DRUMMER in memoriam Phyllis Kutt 1947-2012 The full moon brings her back. Each month, we watch her, the moon drummer now, rising out of the sea. Carrying the frame drum moon, she dances all night across the sky— a kiss in passing for Cassiopeia, a kiss of silvery light for us, her lovers, standing on the shore where her shimmering path beckons. We turn our faces to her just as we always did. We step into her reflection, float on waves of her light, just as we always have. with love, Lucile
Posted by Mary Wisniewski on 30th January 2018
Dear Phyllis, On January 23, 2018 my friend Don, died of ALS- a long and slow loss of all functions. He was a determined spirit and at the end still using his thumb to text -speak. Like you he approached his illness with a warmth and an open heart. Along with my grief for him was an acute sense of the loss of you - my dear sweet friend. I remembered your bravery, your kindness, and in my mind turn to you for guidance. Don was still telling jokes on his way out of the world. He will add wonderful energy to the cosmos. You are ever with me. I miss you
Posted by Lee Varon on 30th January 2018
Hard to believe it’s 6 years without my dear friend
Posted by Dottie Distel on 30th January 2018
The eagle we named Phyllis and her partner are now seen readying their nest in anticipation of new life this spring. We remember Phyllis with love and gratitude for her kind and strong example. She continues to be a blessing to the universe.
Posted by Billie Miller on 10th February 2017
Phyllis Dear Phyllis and her Dear Family Thinking of you all with Love, Billie
Posted by Kate Finnegan on 30th January 2017
Dear Phyllis, We always think of you and the loving example of peace and beauty you lived life with. Thank you always for being a shining light. - your friends at Kaji Aso Studio
Posted by Cathy Butler on 10th August 2016
Miss you P! Lucile and I celebrated your life tonight! Would love to hear your comments on this election! Would love to get tips on styling thin hair. Just miss your laugh!
Posted by Jennifer Kutt on 31st January 2016
I loved going to Aunt Phyllis house as a child. There was always a warm smile and a gentle hug. She always welcomed everyone into her home in the same manner. Her sense of humor made me laugh and smile still this many years later as I remember things she would say and do. I am fortunate enough to spend time with her children and grandchildren whom reminds me of her in so many ways! Miss you Aunt P, but I am blessed I get to receive the same love from Holly and Chad every time I see them. Love you!
Posted by Kate Finnegan on 30th January 2016
To Phyllis: Remembering your beautiful smile, heart and art. - your friends at Kaji Aso Studio
Posted by David Figueroa on 30th January 2016
Good morning P. Not a day passes where you are not in my heart, soul, and thoughts. Can you believe I'm in my third year at CRLS? I see the smile! Talk to you soon.
Posted by Alessandra Lafranconi on 11th August 2015
Always in my heart. On August 29, 2015, during my wedding, there will be a special prayer for you P. Love, Ale
Posted by Kate Finnegan on 10th August 2015
Remembering Phyllis with the beautiful sunlight of today. - all her friends at Kaji Aso Studio
Posted by Billie Miller on 1st February 2015
Phyllis continues to inspire and support me in my life. I feel her holding my hand now that I have metastatic breast cancer. What a shining soul she is.
Posted by Ale Lafranconi on 1st February 2015
Dear P, may your example guide our lives!
Posted by Maddie Brick on 30th January 2014
Phyllis, I stare as someone walks in front of me, straight and tall, someone with your poise and grace who reminds me of you. I hear your warm and contagious laughter from a woman who sounds like you. I watch as yet another walks towards me, someone with your beauty and likeness. They bring you back and I rejoice as I watch and listen and I say, "Hi, P."
Posted by Carlos Rajao on 30th January 2014
Two years has past. she still around. Lighting our memories. Of great moments together. Great family of love. Guided by the holly spirit. Joined by laughs and light. Love is in the air. My love to Loren, Chad, Holly, Edna, Alex and Isabela.
Posted by Sam Baker on 30th January 2014
I pause today to remember a great friend. We had so many wonderful conversations, laughs, meals, and experiences together. Nothing can replace those times but the memories remain a source of support and comfort to me. I send love and continued strength to Loren, Holly, Chad and his fine family, and the many friends who will always miss Phyllis.
Posted by Noa Hall on 30th January 2014
What a vibrant and joyful and funny and warm being Phyllis was, and though we knew each other only a short time, she has helped me as I go through metastatic cancer treatment, as I remember her wonderful example of living a day at a time.
Posted by Kate Finnegan on 30th January 2014
Forever remembered and loved. - your Kaji Aso Studio family
Posted by Carlos Rajao on 12th August 2013
AS I was reading the tribute from Ginny, I felt like expressing my self about Phyllis. As several people here mentioned, she was really a special human been. So positive and friendly. I always remember her. How fun she was, how friendly she was. I miss her a lot. She was and still beenvery special to me. I was luck to meet her on my life. RIP with the angels my friend.
Posted by Ginny Mendenhall on 12th August 2013
I think of Phyllis and her mom Helen all the time. Two woman that have touched my life. Very special people.
Posted by Lee Varon on 11th August 2013
As the years go by I still think of you often and miss you Phylly. Every time I go into Central Square I think of our last lunch together. You are always in my heart and in Jose's.
Posted by David Figueroa on 11th August 2013
Dearest Phyllis, Miss you so very much. I will keep taking strides to be a better person, touch lives positively, and share beauty. As I embark on this next journey in my life, you will be right there with me, as always encouraging and supportive. Love you!
Posted by Peter Kutt on 26th June 2013
Last Friday at the Shivabalayogi retreat, during med., I had a distinct hit of P s presense, more distilled and potent. She seemed to be meditating right beside me as she did in 2012, only more adept.Later I mentioned the feeling to Mryganka, S s translator. She said" Phyllis was unique, and was the greatest human being I have ever met."I got chills as she said it...Peter Kutt
Posted by Holly Leith on 12th May 2013
Happy Mothers Day Mama. Oh how I miss you.
Posted by Tamika Emily on 8th March 2013
I had her my sophomore year at HHS and she was such a sweet spirited woman. I checked an email account yesterday that i hadnt checked in about 6 years. I found a few emails from her; A few asking how i had been and one telling me that her cancer had returned. I immediately responded praying that everything was alright. Then I found out she passed :( She will always be missed and remembered
Posted by Billie Miller on 1st February 2013
Thank you for sending this Holly, It is so sweet to remember Phyllis which I do regularly. Her meditation practice continues to inspire me and so often remember her when doing walking meditation which Phyllis and I did so many times together. Best regards to all of the family that I met and also to those I did not meet.
Posted by Nancy Campbell on 1st February 2013
I can't believe it's been a year, I can still feel her warm, positive energy around me. I have a gorgeous purple hydrangea painting from her, it serves as a constant reminder of her beauty and strength! Miss you P.
Posted by Charan Devereaux on 1st February 2013
I miss you, Phyllis. I remember you smiling in Chad's kitchen, funny, open, and kind.
Posted by Kate Finnegan on 31st January 2013
That radient smile, those sparkling eyes and warm heart. Now and always we learn from a life well lived. You are here in our hearts, with love always.
Posted by Robert Linder on 31st January 2013
I miss you and am regularly helped by you to keep my own life effort strong and hopeful..
Posted by Paula Norbert on 30th January 2013
I continue to think of Phyllis so much. In my meditation corner, I keep the beautiful card she painted near the candles, and I invite her beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring spirit to help guide me. I think of her when I read a wonderful book, when I read Mary Oliver's new book of poetry, when I hear opera, when I laugh at something really offbeat...and during the election. love, peace
Posted by Monica (Simpson) Winston on 30th January 2013
Phyllis has come into my awareness a number of times this week...I continue experiencing gratitude for the blessing of her beautiful heart and Spirit, touching me in so many ways over the years that I knew her. God bless her soul eternally.
Posted by Will Beuscher on 30th January 2013
Escape An awesome spectre greets the soul, Strangers entranced by powers Unmet but not unknown. A meteor of light to one who walks so well in the dark. Alluring, invisible precipice so long at my side, Now seen, Now understood. The light moves out over the infinite.
Posted by Jennifer Barnes on 30th January 2013
What a force P was in this world! Vibrant, passionate, kind, generous, beautiful, spiritual, wise, funny, artistic, fearless, and loving. I loved her beautiful blue eyes. Loey, I am sending love to you and your family today and everyday. Love, Jennifer
Posted by Peter Kutt on 30th January 2013
Today I am thinking of my sweet, kind, and wise friend Phyllis, and all those people whose lives were transformed by her being. Last year, 2012 on this day I was driving home to N C after leaving P and family when I saw this beautiful GREEN SHOOTING STAR Pass across my windshield. The time was 8:24 pm...
Posted by Lucile Burt on 30th January 2013
NIGHT WALK (new poem; I didn't know at first it would be about P.) I walk alone accompanied by winter’s bright stars that may be dead by now their light still coming to us. Are you out there, released from the body into star stuff lighting my way in the indifferent dark?
Posted by Sam Baker on 30th January 2013
We have photos of Phyllis on the refrigerator and I am reminded every day of her presence (still) in my life. I miss her but feel her spirit always. I am in Brazil today--a place we had often talked of going together--and I honor her powerful life on the anniversary of her death. I'll feel our mutual love for each other always. I send my love to all her wonderful family and our friends
Posted by Carlos Rajao on 28th January 2013
Dear missed friend Phyllis I hope you are with the gods and having fun, as usual. We all Miss you. Ricardo< Eliana and Hugo
Posted by David Winterburn on 28th January 2013
Dear Phyllis, My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers in rememberance of you, especially this week. You touched our lives greatly in the few, all-too brief occasions we had the opportunity to spend time with you in Cambridge and Cape Verde. Thank you, Phyllis. Knowing you has made our lives so much richer.
Posted by Kathy Johnson on 3rd November 2012
I just found out today that Phyllis passed.... we were in a painting class together for several terms (connected to the Kaji Aso Studio)..... what I remember about Phyllis was her amazing determination to heal and to find joy in every moment she was healing...she faced her problems so head on and taught her ways of healing... thanks, Phyllis... Namaste....
Posted by Polina Grinberg on 10th August 2012
One persons life can touch you so much.. I think of you and remember you, Phyllis. Be in peace
Posted by Holly Leith on 10th August 2012
Missing you today and every day Mama. Wish you could be here to celebrate your birthday. I honor this day, and the life you gave me. I honor the lessons you taught me and how you loved me. I try to follow your example and live with an open heart. I love you Mama.
Posted by GEORGE VLAHOS on 10th August 2012
As Phyllis' teacher for two years in 1957-59 during which she was a key student-assistant in a classroom ranging from 32 to 42 students, with reading levels spanning 10 years I devised a reading program in the second year using student group leaders enabling us to achieve a 11/2 years average growth in that second year. It would not have been possible without Phyllis!
Posted by Nune Hakobyan on 10th August 2012
Phyllis, You are in our memories today and every day.
Posted by Carlos Rajao on 20th June 2012
It could look like is late to leave a tribute to my loved Phyllis, but the truth is I think about her almost every day, remembering her smiling, her positivism, happiness and fun. Really, for me she was a reference. Even during her tufest time she would open a smile for any person. I missed her a lot.Loren, Chad, Holly, Kids,Edna. You guys were luck to have her around. Me to. Love .
Posted by Paula Norbert on 10th February 2012
I send my love and deepest sympathy to Loren, Chad and Edna and their precious children, Holly, and to all of Phyllis's family and all who loved her. My heart has been so heavy since I first heard the news. I met her more than twenty years ago, and I consider myself so very fortunate to have been among her wide circle of friends.
Posted by Linda Evans on 9th February 2012
"I met Phyllis when she came to San Diego to spend time with her brother Matt who was living here at the time. My heart knew upon meeting her that she was an old friend... I could feel it in her hug. We shared many heart-felt conversations and her brilliance was alive in her eyes as well as her mind. Thank you God for blessing us with the light and love of dear sweet Phyllis.
Posted by Jan Walker on 9th February 2012
Phyllis, you were a force of nature! Committed, charismatic, inspiring as a teacher. You taught with passion. My deep heartfelt thank you for your work at Fayerweather. "Gone too soon" - so much more than a cliche - I am 5 days older than you. A true pleasure and privilege to have known you.

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