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Phyllis E. Sachs

Phyllis E. Sachs

Phyllis E. Sachs, who was recognized by Mayor William Donald Schaefer for reviving the Neighborhood Design Center when it was facing closure in the 1970s, died Friday at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson of cancer. She was 92.

"If it had not been for Phyllis Sachs, the Neighborhood Design Center would have died," said Al DeSalvo, who had been in the city's planning department and volunteered with the design center.

"When the VISTA [Volunteers in Service to America] funding for the staff dried up, we were trying to keep the center alive when Phyllis stepped forward after reading about our funding problems in the newspaper," said Mr. DeSalvo, who...