Clinton Adam Phillips, 88, passed away on Friday, August 16, 2013. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, at 10:00 A.M. at The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley, located at 305 Wellborn Road in College Station. The service will be officiated by Dr. Bob Leslie and Reverend Sam Schaal.
Clint was born in Easton, MA. on April 10, 1925; the only child to Edward Clinton Phillips and Mathilda (Mohr) Phillips. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Judy. He leaves behind two children, Lauralee and Edward, and two grandchildren, Travis and Sydney, and a Sister-in-law, Wilma Herbert. He also had many dear friends locally, and across the country.
Clint served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from August 1943 to March 1946 as a gunnery instructor during World War II. After the war, he earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College near Cleveland, Ohio in 1949 and worked as an instructor there in the School of Commerce. Clint earned a Ph.D. in Economics at Vanderbilt in 1956. It was there that he met the love of his life, Julia “Judy” Elizabeth Herbert. They married in Nashville on November 12, 1953 and enjoyed 55 wonderful years together until her passing in 2009.
Clint taught at the University of Tennessee before the couple moved to New Orleans, where he taught in Tulane University’s Department of Economics and Graduate School of Business from 1956-1967. He also served as acting Dean of Tulane’s Graduate School of Business. While in New Orleans, Clint and Judy adopted two children, Lauralee (1960) and Edward (1962).
Clint moved the family to College Station in 1967 where he began his career at Texas A&M University. Until his retirement in 1994, he held various positions; including Professor, Head of the Department of Finance, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Business, and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost. In that position, Clint helped to establish the Faculty Senate, instituted the Faculty Assistance program, and was instrumental in the creation of The Faculty Club as well as being a leader in minority faculty recruitment. Clint received a Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration in 1987. In the nomination letters for this honor, peers cited his “wisdom, unblemished integrity, sense of humor and humanism.” He was described as possessing “an extraordinary combination of intelligence and compassion.”
When reflecting on his service to the university, Clint often said, “I think we did a lot of good, and I had a lot of fun.”
In the community, Clint served as secretary and member of the board of O.I. Corporation and the board of NCNB. Clint and his beloved Judy were involved in many volunteer organizations and together were presented with the “Andy” Award for volunteerism as well as an award from the Brazos Valley Arts Council for community service in the arts. Clint and Judy were long-time members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley. Additionally, they were members of OPAS, the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, the Brazos Valley Arts Council, KAMU radio, Friends of the B/CS Library, Friends of Evans Library, and loyal members of the Aggie Baseball Dugout Club. Clint and Judy were charter supporters of the African American Heritage Museum in Bryan and supporters of the Festival Institute at Roundtop music program.
Clint loved his family and many dear friends. He loved baseball, classical music and Dixieland jazz, books, history, and collecting stamps. He loved traveling with Judy to many places, but especially Canada and Scotland. He was a loving husband, devoted father and a friend to many. He was a leader who led by example and he lived out his fierce conviction to compassion, fairness, and equality. He will be missed, but his contributions to the community, the University, and to individuals will not be soon forgotten.
Clint said recently, “I have had a wonderful life. If I had to live my life over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Special thanks to the many dear friends who have loved Clint and Judy for a lifetime.
Many thanks to the Tuesday Bagel Break coffee group, the Knothole Gang, Comfort Keepers, HealthQuest, First Victoria Bank, Callaway Jones Funeral Home, and Mr. Ricky Alderete, funeral director.
Heartfelt thanks to the kind and compassionate caregivers that helped to make Clint’s last four years without Judy not only tolerable, but enjoyable and fun.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, TX, or to Open Arms Respite Group in College Station, TX or to Hospice Brazos Valley.