In Memory

Tommy Lee Phillips

Tom Phillips passed away in 1993 of esophageal cancer at the age of 49. Adventure, golf & the outdoors were his passion. After serving 3 years in the Army with a tour of Vietnam he completed his MBA at Univ. of Illinois.

He was an excellent horseman and bred his prize quarter horse to foal a World Champion Barrel racer in the 60's. 

His interest in foreign cultures led him to travel extensively and his love of golf landed him a job managing a course in Turkey for the US Government for several years.

He was 8 years older and I didn't see him much after he graduated NTE but I will always remember his sense of humor, teaching me to play chess well enough so I could finally beat him, and for giving me rides in that old Model A Ford he had in high school. Thank you big brother for the memories - you are dearly missed!
Susan Phillips of Naples, FL
New Trier Class of 1971

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08/07/13 02:16 PM #1    

John Simpson

Tom passed away in 1993 in Evansville, Indiana.  Following New Trier, he received his undergraduate and MBA from the University of Illinois.  Tom enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. He became interested in golf course management, originally working with his father at a family owned course in Indiana, then, at a course in Turkey.

As my neighbor growing up, I remember watching TV for the first time in Tom's living room.  We played sports together all through Sears.  Tom was a good, all-around athlete, a good student and had a charming, shy nature. While Tom and I drifted apart after New Trier, I will always remember him.  Thanks to his younger sister Susan for filling in some blanks.

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