Monday, June 18, 2007

In Memoriam: George Edward Philips, 1926-2007

Philips, 81, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and beloved husband, father and grandfather died Saturday, June 2, 2007 at his Albuquerque home, two and one-half years following his diagnosis with small cell lung cancer.

He was born May 29, 1926 in Hamilton, MT to John A. and Mildred Courtney Philips. Ed was internationally known and respected as a leading financial accounting theorist and author of articles in major accounting journals. He joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management in 1982 and retired in 1994. Professor Philips received his doctorate from Michigan State and taught at UCLA and Penn State before coming to New Mexico. He also taught in Finland, Scotland and Australia.

Known for his kindness and generosity, Ed devoted much of his life to raising his children, putting all seven through college. He loved children, animals, travel, music, cigars and drink, good conversation, collecting wine glasses and reading about science and current events. Ed was also an excellent cook and was proud of the happy flock of laying hens in his North Valley back yard.

Ed is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linnea Hendrickson; children, John Philips and wife Ritsuko Miyamoto, Julia Philips and husband James Feldman, Michael Philips and wife Marguerite, Catherine Malavé, Joan Philips and husband Jin Tai Li, Jesse Philips and Psyche Philips; grandchildren, Andrew, Laura, Carolyn, Amina, Joe, Anthony, Daniel, Alejandro and Mei. He is also survived by his brother Robert Philips and wife Marie. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Donald (Pete), sister Edith and his son, Joseph.

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