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Remembering Harry S. Phillips

Oct. 27, 2021
Category: Obituary

Harry S. (Hal) Phillips ’49 passed away on July 2, 2020. He was born in New York City in 1924 and lived in the surrounding area for 60 years. After being drafted at age 19 during World War II, he went on to become a First Lieutenant, Infantry, and served in the Pacific theater. Following a recall to active duty during the Korean War, he served as a psychological warfare officer in the Far East. Mr. Phillips was a journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin (1949), where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. In 1949, he was sports editor of the Daily Cardinal. After writing for the Wisconsin State Journal, he embarked on a career in corporate communications, retiring in 1989 as SVP of the Irving Trust Company and member of the senior management committee. Hal was an avid Badger fan his entire life. He regularly wore his Badger sweatshirts and pants, watched ALL the games, AND we buried a little Bucky Badger with him. He is survived by four children: three daughters and a son.

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