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In Memoriam

William E. "Bill" Phillips ('51)

Jan. 7, 1930 - Dec. 26, 2018

William "Bill" Phillips
William "Bill" Phillips

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our first board chair and long time advisory board member, William E. "Bill" Phillips ('51). Bill was an avid outdoorsman and athlete as an octogenarian, enjoying downhill skiing and tennis on a regular basis. He graduated in 1951 from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Before retiring, Bill served as Chairman of Oglivy and Mather. The home of COE, the Phillips Outdoor Program Center, is named in Bill’s honor. In addition to long time service to Cornell and COE, Bill served as Chair of the Outward Bound International Board of Directors. He is survived by Barbara Smith, his loving wife of 21 years; two sons, Michael and Thomas Phillips, and daughter, Sarah Phillips; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and twin brothers, John and Frank Phillips.