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November 29, 2013
11 years ago he gave my husband hope he might feel good again and sure enough, he did. My husband was really sick. He has been the one and only doctor my husband ever considered a friend and looked forward to seeing. Even after moving from So. Ca. we would drive hundreds or fly thousands of miles to keep him as my husband's dr. After his death my husband found a new dr. She knew Dr. Phil as you call him, she, too, was an infectious disease specialist and we are now on the Gulf of Mexico.
February 24, 2011
Vanaka Vakalevu,Residents for keepng this guest book alive. Bula Bula Phil Forever. We all miss you SO MUCH! p.s. "Higgys Camp 2011" was a major sucess. Thousands of your friendly Fijians said "hi, vanaka & they love the Dr. Phil Forever boat" your wife
February 21, 2011
Dear Dr. Phil, you were the most amazing doctor and person. Fred and I miss you so much. Wherever you are, I hope you know how much we appreciated you. As long as we can, we will support your dream in Fiji.. Liz and Fred Pierc
February 03, 2011
You, Phil, were an amazing man. You touched the lives of so many strangers, but most importantly, your family. I pray every day that your girls grow up to be outstanding citizens like you (I'm sure they already are) and that your step-son matures to be at least half the man you were (quite the task). Lord knows the world needs more people like you in it. I miss you old friend.
November 11, 2010
Philly i miss you sooo muchh!!
i love you
<3 maggie waggy
July 06, 2010
Dear Hon, It has been 6 months and 6 days since your passing. The void you left behind is nothing shy of a black hole. I pray that when you were here, blessing us with your presence, that you knew how deeply we all loved you, how special you made us all feel, and I will never, ever be able to Thank You enough for the endless generosity and care that you extended to us ALL. We sprinkled your ashes on your favorite places in Nacula, all of our fruit trees, and in a few days we are returning you to Tunis Mills. I am absolutely lost without you, so please keep an eye on us from above. I hope we have made you proud in the ways we continue to honor you. I have never known a greater man than you, and I know I never will. I love you so much, Hon!
February 18, 2010
I can't believe that Dr. Higg is gone. I'm at a loss. I feel so empty. He was my go to doctor and now he's gone. God bless him.
February 09, 2010
sweet Terry, I truly wish that I had met Phil he sounds like heaven on earth and I am so glad for you and your children and for him that all of you were given the gift of sharing you lives together.
much love to all of you
February 07, 2010
Dear Terry and family,
Rick and I want to express our sadness and prayers for you on the passing of Phil. He left way too soon, but we are so happy that he filled you and your children with love and joy and gentle caring for some time at least.
We hope time heals, but we know that it just takes time. May God give you comfort and good memories to hold onto. Love, Leslie and Rick Evans
February 06, 2010
Dr. Philip Arthur Higginbottom


Phil Higginbottom was born March 29, 1947 in Easton, Maryland to Art and Robbie Higginbottom. On the same day, fifty years later, his step-daughter was born, whom he affectionately called “Maggie-Waggie” and she referred to him as “Philly-Willy”.
Graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, Phil received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Princeton University in 1969. After a year of teaching Biology at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland and being accepted in the Business Program at Stanford University, he chose to attend Columbia Medical School in New York. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and then his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
In 1973, at the urging of his mentor, the brilliant Dr. Stanley Freedman, he joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at Scripps Green Clinic and remained there until his death on 12/31/2009. Dr. Freedman stated that “Dr. Phil Higginbottom was a respected and admired physician and colleague at Scripps Clinic.” Dr. Higginbottom became Vice President of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group. He was also a valued and inspirational teacher for over 15 years at the Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital Residency Program and it remained one of his greatest daily joys until his last breath. Upon being presented the Faculty Teaching Award in 2008 at the annual dinner the chief resident was honored to introduce Phil as “The resident’s rock, our anchor, a mentor to every single one of us, and someone we can all call a good friend. When the going gets tough, he’s our lifeline. When the going’s good, he’s our biggest fan. And when it seems that all the odds are stacked against you, he’s by your side, every single step of the way.” “Dr. Phil Higginbottom was clearly the most beloved and revered member of the residency teaching faculty who will leave an indelible and positive mark on the countless young physicians he influenced and trained,” states Dr. Joel Diamant, head of the residency program.

Dr. Higginbottom was honored when his peers and colleagues recently voted him as being San Diego Magazine’s Best Doctor of the Year in Infectious Diseases for 2009.
Phil’s wife, Terry Holladay, says his greatest joy at Scripps was teaching the young doctors in the residency program, taking care of his life-long patients who became family to him, and seeing his beloved colleagues and fellow employees at Scripps Green Clinic.
Those who were fortunate enough to know Phil, always described him as one of the most humble, brilliant individuals as well as a very kind soul—an angel. These qualities were exemplified by his enormous amount of philanthropic work and contributions throughout the community, as well as in his adopted second home of Fiji.
Phil’s favorite thing in life was to help people. He loved sailing with his great friends, Tony and Tom, cheering on the Chargers with his profound loves, Terry and Barbara, fascinating dinner chats with Bob and Dr. Black, beach parties with the Holladay gang and friends, and visiting his first family and his childhood home in Tunis Mills, Maryland. But nothing was greater to him then chatting on the phone or seeing his beautiful daughter, Heidi. During his semi-annual humanitarian trips to Fiji, he would spend hundreds of hours treating extremely poor people in the remote villages, and this is what he called a true vacation!
Phil and Terry Higginbottom are the founders of The Dina Humanitarian Foundation. Their mission is to better the lives of children and families in the remote, impoverished villages of Fiji. Dina in the Fijian language means trust and integrity and it is this human quality that is the cornerstone of their work and the value that drives them both. They provide medicine, primary health education/care, basic household items and education material, supplies and support for the natives. “Our purpose is to encourage health, facilitate childhood education, demonstrate trustworthiness, and provide items of real benefit to remote village life”, say Terry. This project will only become stronger in the honor and spirit of this great man.
Phil is survived by his daughter Heidi Higginbottom of Boulder, Colorado, his step-children, Tasha Holladay, Louis Holladay, Maggie-Waggie Foster, and his wife, Terry Holladay.
In addition, Dr. Higginbottom has three siblings, his brother, Dr. Mark Higginbottom and his wife Rhonda, (Easton, Maryland), his sisters; Claudia Parsons and her husband Rich, (West Chester, Pa.), and Pam Carey and her husband, Hugh (Baltimore, Maryland).
The Service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church located at 120 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach, California 92075. (858) 509-2580. Please feel free to wear your favorite Fijian attire or casual beach wear! In honor of Philly, we are calling the wake following the service “Bula Bula”, which means “Love Life” in Fijian.
In lieu of flowers, he would appreciate your donation instead to The Dina Humanitarian Foundation (501©3). At 308 Hillcrest Drive, Encinitas, California 92024. Vanika Vakalevu!
February 06, 2010
Dear Terry and Tasha, I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know "Dr. Higginbottom" was your dad and husband. He was my dad's favorite doctor. My dad suffered from a nasty staph infection and your dad and husband saved my dad's life. They are now both with the Lord and my dad again gets the chance to see his friend and doc..God bless you both and your family..
February 01, 2010
I originally wrote this speech for mom and Phil’s wedding, but didn’t end up speaking the words because I thought it was too corny. People always say life is short and to let people know how you feel. I can safely say this was the hardest way to learn this lesson.
Phil was the humblest of heroes. I am proud to say that he was the truest father I have ever known. Regardless of time, Philly had a monumental impact on my life.
Phil was peaceful and passionate; brilliant, but soft spoken; caring, giving and loyal to his family in the states, and his family in Fiji.
I will always picture Philly barefoot with a grin teaching us the beauty of solar cooked chicken. Of his enthusiasm over his home grown over-sized beets, or of the way he was both proud and protective when he spoke of the villages of Fiji.
A few years ago, a friend and I coined the term “Higginbottom” as an adjective, meaning light-hearted and peaceful, but all the while with a purpose.
It takes a courageous and persevering man to be the heart of gold he was through and through.
Philly patched us all up with faith. As a true doctor to his core, he healed us.
Although I feel robbed of him, as I’m sure we all do, I would go through all the emotional crumbling to relive these years again. To watch his enthusiasm spread like wildfire and infect those around him.
They say that people like Phil come along once in a blue moon; it breaks my heart many times over that he died on a blue moon.
There is no question in my mind that Philly is in heaven. It’s an absolute. Phil was lent to us by God, and God got greedy and wanted him back early. You really can’t blame him.
In Fijian, “Bula” means “Love Life”.
So, Bula, Bula, Philly. Bula, Bula. I love you with all of my heart and will continue to love you, practice you lessons and always think to myself: “What would Philly do?”
January 31, 2010
I Love You, Phil...
When I was 15 years old I told Phil I thought he would make a wonderful addition to the family. He had an immediate kindness to him that all of you have seen, and you could tell he was just brilliant, and then he married my mom! I had the Honor, literally the Honor, of calling this man my father. He not only gave me a father but my family and I, the greatest role model we will ever have. Phil was filled with more kindness then should ever be allowed in a single human being.
Those of you that have been in our house, know there is a room with boxes piled high to the ceiling, filled with gifts and goods for the poor Fijians. To no ones surprise, Phil got up that night, walked into that room, laid down on the bed and died there. He died surrounded by his own generosity. A few nights ago my Mom with tears in her eyes asked me, "how is it possible to write down on paper how great of a man Phil was". That's why we are all here, because if you ever meet Phil, and God I hope you did, you know that it's not possible.
Phil you were the greatest man I have ever met. I love you. Your son, Louis
January 30, 2010
January 30, 2010
Philip Arthur Higginbottom "Phil"
C.P. March 29, 1947

5'9 1/8". . . brown hair and eyes. . .
slightly "pigeon-toed". . .very friendly guy. . .likes: sports, The Dimensions, and good food. . .dislikes: dull parties and French. . .often found working in Blades and Company. . .couldn't care less about English. . .plans college. . .pet peeves:girls in public with rollers in their hair.
Activities: Glee Club, Band, Football, Co-Captain, Basketball, Track, Student Council Pres.
January 30, 2010
"The Road Not Taken”

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
January 29, 2010
"only the good die young!"
Billy Joel
January 29, 2010
I'm saddened & grieved over the passing of Dr. Higgenbottom, although I only had the pleasure of meeting him once, he left a very kind & loving imprint on not only my heart but also my daughter who went along with me to my appointment,. He was the only Dr who had been able to help & give me answer's to my condition which had been going on for months and months. His kindness & dedication to his profession was truly GOD given and he will be missed, My sincere sympathy to all who loved him.
January 28, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom SAVED MY LIFE when I had Legionnaires disease-my son's life when he had extreme acne with infection-and myself again with a blood infection.His manner in dealing with family and patients with life threating diseases was kind,honest and reassuring.
The community and the health profession have lost a major figure in our lives.
I and my family send our condolences to his loved ones.

Martin B Caverly
January 28, 2010
I believe I might not be here today, but for Dr. Higginbottom's care. So many lives he saved and made whole, as he did for me. After going from doc to doc who repeatedly couldn't cure me of my infection, he did! It was so reassuring knowing I was lucky to have the very best doctor caring for me and just a phone call away. His kind and thoughtful demeanor was comforting to me enabling me to confide in him as well. I'm sad that such a wonderful doctor and person has moved on and I'm still in disbelief. So many depended on him and found comfort in him. There are some shoes in life that will never be filled. A bright light in the world. I will sorely miss his caring for me as I look at the lab paper from him I have yet to do.
Nichole S., patient for 10 years
January 27, 2010
Dr Phil , you were a brilliant doctor and wonderful human being. I am so thankful to have had you for my doctor for over twenty years. No matter where I traveled, I always knew you'd get back to me if I needed you. Your passion for Fiji was contagious. Thanks to your help planning my Yasawa trip, I understand why you loved Fiji and the people so much. Words cannot express the loss I feel after hearing the sad news. The world has lost a shining star. Fred and I send our deepest sympathy to your family .
January 27, 2010
The medical community and world has truly lost a great man. He was a kind and attentive "Dr. House."
January 26, 2010
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness,
For His names's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life;
AND I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
January 26, 2010
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
(Art Higginbottom's favorite verse)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
January 24, 2010
Phil was a man of extraordinary character and one of the finest human beings I ever knew. Roommates in college (actually we met as student leaders in high school), I regret that we had not kept in better touch over the years. It's clear from the guest book entries that Phil profoundly touched many lives and was widely loved and admired.

RIP, buddy.
January 17, 2010
Debra and I wish to express our heartfelt condolonces over the loss of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He was my doctor for over 2 years and I always felt as if I was his only patient when I went to see him. He will be sorely missed.
January 15, 2010
Years ago, I was miffed, trying to figure out what was going on with my bout of chronic mono. When I got to Philip, who was probably the 8th doctor I'd visited in hopes of insight and help, he became my permanent and only doctor of the last 20 years. Selfishly, I have to admit, knowing he was available, even though I rarely saw him, gave me a sense of relief, knowing if anything went wrong with my health-- I had the best doctor one could possibly have. But it goes beyond that. Philip is lodged in my mind as a gem of a human being-- smart, intuitive, sincere and caring. And I like to think what interaction I had with him made me a bit more that way as well. He is greatly missed yet lives on- on many levels.
January 15, 2010
What a loss. When I first started working with Phil over 30 years ago, he expressed an intellect and a profound love of medicine that inspired all those who worked with him. He was certainly one of the mentors in my life, clinically and administratively, whom I'll always carry in my heart. My condolences to his family.
January 15, 2010
I wish to send my condolences to family and friends of Dr Higginbottom. He was instrumental in saving my life after a difficult diagnosis of avaium bacterium tuberculosis. After ten years of intensive treatment, I am thankfully well.
January 15, 2010
My name is Jim Dunn. I was a patient for almost 6 years. I was Phil's age so we hit it off immediately. When my wife and I found out I had HIV/AIDS we were of course devastated. His clam demeanor was reassuring. Over the years he more often than not ushered in many interns and I went over my story with many of them. I am deeply saddened by his passing. His legacy will live on. My wife. Susan, and I will be eternally grateful to him and his family for sharing him with us. I moved out East to Va. He told me about Hogs Neck golf course close to his home. In his honor I will play 18 holes this summer and think of him. Thanks again for sharing him with us.
January 14, 2010
Five years ago, Dr. Higginbottom saved my life when I contracted bacterial meningitis. I will be forever grateful for his care and kindness during that time. My condolences go to his family, co-workers and friends. He was a wonderful man.
January 13, 2010
ke'u dau lewa na lako me kua...daru tiko ga eke....(if we had the powers we would keep you here with us always)....words cannot express enough what you meant to us here in Fiji...a shining light, a father figure, a caring individual who did not mind roughing it just to make things abit easier for the less fortunate, for those who could not afford it...our lives were enriched with your acquaintance and Fiji is more the poorer in your passing!!!

God speed Dr Phil.........& to Terry and the children - vinaka vakalevu for sharing this gentle man with us...

Loloma tawa yalani - Reapi, Ben, Waisake & Setoki Kubunavuravura - Nawaka, Nadi, Fiji Islands
January 13, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom was truly a gem. He has saved many lives, including my brother's when other doctors couldn't help him. Phil was his savior and I thank him. God Bless You and rest in peace. - J.O. - Michigan
January 13, 2010
My condolences go out to Dr. Higginbottom's family , his office staff, and the fellow doctors and nurses he worked with at Scripps. When I was 17 years old, I contracted a rare infection, and with the suggestion of a family friend, I saw "the Doc" and after some testing, he admitted me into the hospital for a week, and three months later, I was cured. He became my Doctor after that first visit for the next 19 years until his passing. He was always there when I had a problem and very encouraging about life in general. I will miss him greatly and will always keep his smile and bright thoughts in my life forever. Here's to you "Doc." God Bless.
January 12, 2010
Phil -- how can I say how much I appreciated your help, support, and friendship over the last 30 years? Having you as a colleague, mentor and friend was an honor and I will miss you tremendously.
January 12, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom took care of me when I was very, very ill. Knowing I had the absolute best doctor in the world gave me such comfort, during a very difficult time. He was an incredible man.
January 12, 2010
I only just heard otday of Dr. Higginbottom's passing. My condolences to his family and friends.
January 12, 2010
I am so very sorry to learn of Phil's passing. I send my best to his family & will have them in our prayers
January 11, 2010
It has been a great privilege to know you for the past 20 years or so. . .I will always appreciate your clinical insights on difficult cases. We will miss you, and heartfelt condolences to your family.
Judy Koperski, MD
January 10, 2010
You were a superb physician, and esteemed colleague of mine over the last thirty years.
God be with you... (Good-bye)... Bula...


Requiescat in pace.
January 10, 2010
I can not find the right word to say but find myself crying. I really going to miss you. You are a wonderfull person in everyway. Hope you have time for youself in Heven instead of spending you time helping everyone. Love Kim Yensuang.
January 10, 2010
I only had the pleasure of meeting Phil once at Tasha's birthday dinner. I was looking forward to seeing him at Michael and Tasha's wedding, but now he will be there in spirit. Phil's stories and legacy are truly inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with Terry, Tasha, Michael and the rest of Phil's family and friends.
January 10, 2010
A "GREAT!" (As Phil would OFTEN say) service and memorial.

R.I.P.*, Phil.

* (Rock in perpetuity!)

- Brian S. in Del Mar
January 09, 2010
We first met and knew Phil when he was in residency and then fellowship training at UCSD Med Center in the '70s. He stood out as a committed, bright, caring physician who we both admired. His exemplary contributions to medical practice, physician training and community service as an outstanding Scripps Physician are utmost citations of his principle person. He will be missed by all of us in San Diego as we depended upon him for sensitive, caring and excellent work for our referrals to him. He made a deep and lasting impression on the lives of physicians, family and the community which will live on.

James D. Connor, M.D.
Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD
January 09, 2010
Dear Terry & family,

Wishing you my most profound sympathy for your loss. I know the Fijian people have lost a true friend as well, and the the time & care that Phil so generously gave to the people there will long be remembered. My prayers are with you all. Mode mada (goodbye) Dr Phil.

Loloma Levu,
January 09, 2010
January 09, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom, thank you. For getting up early every morning to teach us residents, and for your seat at noon conference -- with curious questions, constant amusement, and quick applauds. For being our biggest fan, and after each presentation saying "that was really a great job."

Thank you for our trips to Fiji, and your reassuring guidance. Unlike us, the future residents will not be able to say, "I'm not sure, but let me go ask Dr. Higginbottom." Thank you for the times you were a friend and trusted confidant when we needed one -- it's what many of us remember the most.

We can still hear your "Ha!" as you used to laugh at us residents in morning report. Thank you Dr. H!!
January 08, 2010
Phil would of made an excellent father-in-law, I will truly miss his calming presence and humble nature. The world has lost a great man.
January 08, 2010
Phil would of made an excellent father-in-law, I will truly miss his calming presence and humble nature. The world has lost a great man.
January 08, 2010
We lose track of people who are part of our life story - our families were physically a few miles apart yet many miles figuratively, and yet my best childhood memories include summers playing in Tunis Mills at the Higginbottom's. Pam, Claudia, and especially Mark - I feel deeply for the pain you are feeling at losing your brother. And my heartfelt sympathy also to Phil's wife and children. It is inspiring to read of Phil's many accomplishments. I know he will be missed terribly by many.
January 08, 2010
I am saddened by the loss of one of Scripp's longtime physicians and shining star. He always had a kind word and really cared for my family and all of his colleagues and patients. He will be greatly missed. Much sympathy to your loved ones. Sincerely, Janet Snyder
January 08, 2010
My name is Andrea Jankovich and I am a caregiver for Mr. George Sottile, one of Dr. Higginbottom's patients. In 2004, George was referred to "Dr. Higgy" (what we called him) and he ordered a CT scan which consequently saved George's life. To say the least, we loved him and respected him immensely.
He was a great man, a fabulous doctor, and a wonderful human being. We loved his humor and hearing about his trips to Fiji.
Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Andrea Jankovich
George Sottile
San Diego
January 08, 2010
I will always be so grateful for saving my life. Thank you so much.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you.

My deepest sympanthy to his family.
January 08, 2010
our thoughts and prayers are with you
January 08, 2010
Farewell to a man I unfortunately never got to know well but who I am positive had and significant impact in the life of one of my best friends.
January 08, 2010
Always a kind word and a smile from such a wonderful man. You will be missed here at Scripps.
January 08, 2010
Fair winds and following seas to a great friend.
January 08, 2010
"Awesome, gentle, genius physician. We miss you dearly."

Yes. Yes we do. Another huge void is left in the Scripps Clinic Family.

My deepest sympathy to his family. I hope that today, celebrating his life, will bring a little peace.
January 08, 2010
I have been a patient of Dr. Higgenbotom's for over 10 years and will miss him greatly. What a shock to learn that he has passed away, all too young. He always showed me great kindness, reassurance and concern for my problems. What a wonderful legacy he has left with his Dina Foundation.
He will be missed. God speed!
Mary, La Jolla
January 07, 2010
As mentioned by those who have written already,Phil was a really great guy in high school who did it all well. He set a high bar for those of us who would follow. ( Class of '67 for me)
I am saddened to learn of his untimely death but heartened to read of his lifetime of accomplishment, grace, and joy.

My sympathies to his family, especially for my long lost friend, his brother Mark.
January 07, 2010
Dr. Phil-
You brought our family love, balance, and wisdom. Words cannot express how we will continue to embrace your life, your person. Your memory lives on in each and every one of us that you have touched; which made our lives better by simply being a part of it.

We love you forever.
January 07, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom was not only brilliant, he was the kindest, most generous and caring person I have ever known, and I carry his influence on me daily. I remember that during the often brutal days of residency life, his office was always a welcome refuge... which many of us utilized frequently! My deepest sympathies go out to his family: they have lost a wonderful, loving husband and father. And while Scripps Clinic has lost one of its brightest stars, we have all lost a dear, dear friend. I will never forget you.
January 07, 2010
Philly Willy... you were the greatest person to ever come in to our family.... i miss you soooo much.

i love you,
Maggie Waggy
January 07, 2010
Our residency, hospital and community have lost a luminary. He exemplified a now often rare trait in medicine: true kindness. We were lucky to call him a friend, a counselor and a confidant. From his brilliant diagnoses in morning report, to sipping wine at sunsets, his presence will be missed in more ways than can be counted or reviewed. Awesome, gentle, genius physician. We miss you dearly.
January 07, 2010
What a loss! I was extremely upset about Phil's death. He was one of the most caring, intelligent and fun-loving people I have ever known. My fondest memory of Phil was white water rafting in southern Washington state during a Scripps conference trip. He was having so much fun splashing everyone and getting splashed back of course. We were all soaked!
Karen Krenik MD (Minneapolis,MN) Scripps Clinic '92-'01
January 07, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom is deeply missed in Microbiology in the laboratory here at Scripps Green. The techs and supervisors repected him professionally, and many have made personal comments as well. They are devastated by his passing. I didn't know Phil as well as the techs, but he was obviously a very nice, hard-working physician. Pam Boswell
January 07, 2010
My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family and friends. Phil and I have been friends since we met at Blades and Co. in 1961. He traveled the path of mine through college, Air Force, weddings and business. We have remained friends all these years. I have been privileged to call him my friend. I will miss our phone calls and my sometime visits to SD. His life is truly an inspiring journey! Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Lynn Marvel, Tucson, AZ
January 07, 2010
Phil was a mentor and friend to our family as we journeyed through Paul's training at Scripps Green. Terry and Phil were an amazing couple and we'll treasure our memories of dining under the stars at their home! We will miss his caring friendship and shining example of what true giving means.
Bula Bula Higgiebaby!!
January 07, 2010
Phil was an exceptional individual. He and I went to primary, elementary school and graduated from Easton High School, Easton, Maryland in 1965. He was our class valedictorian.

Phil was very active in school sports, student government, glee club and the band (of which his sister Pam, his brother Mark, his sister Claudia, I believe, and I were members).

He always seemed to excel at anything he encountered. His parents, being quality educators, certainly had great influence on his formative years.

Living in California, he was only able to attend, I believe, a couple of our high school class reunions. We will be celebrating our 45th reunion this year. Our class presents an annual book scholarship award to a deserving graduate of Easton High School in memory of our deceased class members.
Phil will be missed and fondly remembered at this year's scholarship award night and our class reunion.

Interestingly, about a week ago, my wife Lynn (also a 1965 graduate) and I were showing our high school year book to my son-in-law and I remember talking about Phil in our conversation.

Lynn and I were blessed to have known him.

Our sincere condolences to his family and all those who were touched by his kind spirit and benefited from his
expert medical care.
January 07, 2010
So, sorry. Knew Phil from years ago at school. What a great legacy. Condolences to your family. Diana Disharoon Notigan, Easton,Md grad
January 07, 2010
Dr Phil, we are very sad, you were and incredible man, friend and doctor, ready to talk, inspire, joke, help and laugh. we are going to miss you a lot this january and always.
we miss you
January 07, 2010
My dad thought the world of Phil both as a colleague and a patient. We're for ever grateful for the care he gave my dad. Bula, Bula
January 07, 2010
Dr Higginbottom was one of those people that you meet once and never forgot. He had a kind smile and a twinkle in his eye. The more you got to know him, you realized his heart was bigger than the room. He continually supported each of us residents individually and as a group. He was able to see the best qualities in every single one of us and within moments you felt safe and cared for. His wholehearted approach to us residents was not lost on the patients he took care of. Many times when caring for the same person, these patients would boast to me about how wonderful and intelligent he was. His knowledge of medicine and pathophysiology was unsurpased. Every day we would hear his pearls that I hope I remember until the day I die. I will miss him in Fiji next week, but more importantly I will miss him as my mentor in medicine, life and humanity. My heart goes out to you Terry and the rest of his family.
January 07, 2010
Marion Dixon and family. We are grateful to have known Phil as our
doctor for many,many years and as a friend. He was the epitome of a wonderful doctor, not only dispensing medical advice but with compassion and kindness. Many times we inconvenienced him but he was always there when we needed him. We will miss him sorely.
January 07, 2010
My parents, who are 86, have been Phil's patients for over 25 years. Phil was truly like family to us, and we absolutely adored him. He had a brilliant mind, and the gentlest and sweetest soul. Phil will not be forgotten; he will live on in countless hearts throughout the country and Fiji.
Smooth sailing across the starry heavens, my friend.
January 07, 2010
Dr. Phil thank you for being such a good friend to my grandfather. I am going to miss you at the charger games, your frienship means so much to my family. Thanks for the check UPS at the clinic. Love Kyle gooding
January 06, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom was one of the greatest mentors and individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. He encouraged us all to strive to become better physicians and individuals. He served as an irreplacable mentor, physician and friend. I feel blessed to have been part of his path in life.
My deepest sympanthy to his family,
January 06, 2010
Wow, how empty the world suddenly feels without Dr. Higginbottom! What an honor it was to have learned from his wisdom, to have experienced his kindness, to have heard his encouragement.
January 06, 2010
I would like to thank the Higginbottom family for sharing this amazing individual with us at SGH IM Residency---Dr. Higginbottom, I thank you for all your wisdom, support, and genuine kindness over the years.
January 06, 2010
Through your energy, intelligence, and sincerity , you truly acted as my role model and cheerleader in medicine. It was an honor to have known and learned from you. My heart goes out to your family.
January 06, 2010
Dr Higginbottom was my mentor and my friend. He was a true advocate for the residents and patients. When I heard of his passing I was reminded of the classic movie " It's a wonderful life", as Dr Higginbottom was the "George Bailey" of his life. He has touched so many hearts and changed so many lives. I still cannot believe that he is gone. The heavens have an a new angel among them.
January 06, 2010
My sympathies to Phil's entire family and especially to Pam, my classmate, Claudia and Mark. I am inspired by his life story and warmed by memories of each member of your family in Easton. Phil was a great pal and a central part of the outrageous fun we had working together part time at Blades Men’s Store. Well done Phil.
January 06, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom,
I only knew you for two and a half years, but in that short time, you were my teacher, my mentor, my role model, and my inspiration to be a better person and physician. I will miss your infectious smile, medicine pearls, and incredible spirit for life. You will be in my heart and mind as I travel to Fiji next week.
Love, Amanda Mazza
January 06, 2010
It was always a pleasure to sit and talk with Doctor Phil in his office. Even when I would stop, not in a patient status at his office, he always had time for me. Why was this important? Because I was just a regular guy and Doctor Phil always had time for all of us. The good memories of Dr. Phil, when I think of him, will always be my crutch.
January 06, 2010
Dr. Higginbottom was by far the finest doctor and one of the finest human beings I have ever met. When I was assigned to work with him in his department, I felt it an honor. He always had a moment to laugh, and to listen, no matter to whom. I would look at his patient's faces when he would walk into the room and they always showed such confidence and comfort knowing he was taking care of them. He was an honest man, and a good friend. I am so saddened for all of us who have lost such a wonderful person. My heart and sympathy goes out to his family. Dr. Higgenbottom..."Fly with the Angels" in peace.
January 06, 2010
So sorry to hear about Phil. We were classmates in high school and had many memorable moments of the class of "65'
January 06, 2010
I have known Phil for 30 years. My mother was his first patient when he came to Scripps Clinic so many years ago. My mother adored him and he helped her make an unbearable time bearable. He was my friend and later my doctor. When Phil said everything was fine I knew that everything really was fine. Phil was a man of integrity, campassion, humor, thoughtfulness,great brillance and even greater humility. He helped me during many challenging times and I am grateful to have had his friendship. My heart goes out to his family and all who loved him. His was a life well lived.
January 06, 2010
Dr. Phil - on behalf of our entire family, we want to thank you for your years of friendship and caring. Your kind and gentle manner will be long remembered by all those who knew you. May your memory bring comfort and solace to those who loved you. My father, mother, Barbara, Aunty Marcella and entire family will deeply miss your outstanding care. Rest in peace.
January 06, 2010
To our Philly---you were the wind beneath our wings especially for Terry your soulmate, and your beautiful children, Heidi, Tasha, Louis and Maggy Waggie.

We will miss your endearing and infectious smile and the adoring gleem in your eye.

You are the only one that would look at one straight in the eye and say, "How are you doing?" and meant it.

For ages we will see you twinkling and laughing amongst the stars.
January 06, 2010
My mother, who passed away at age 81 in 2008, was a patient of Dr. Higginbottom's. As she was severely disabled, I took her to all of her doctor's appointments. She could be ornery and angry because of some of her ailments and how dismissive some people were of her. She was, however, the president of Dr. Higginbottom's fan club. She adored him because he talked to HER, not me; he respected what she had done with her disabilities; he treated her so kindly. My mother always wore a starfish pin which Dr. Higginbottom never failed to comment on, relating his love of the ocean and Figi. I am so sad to see that this wonderful man who treated the elderly with such profound respect is gone. It makes me sad that he is not there for all the patients like my mother who need someone who truly cares about them. What a gift to the medical community and to his patients.
January 06, 2010
Dear Dr Phil(Philly) you were the wind beneath our wings trully. Especially your soul-mate Terry and all your beautiful children, Heidi, Tasha, Lois and Maggie. What a glow you always had with a matching infectious smile....and a true gleem in your eye.

You were the only one to look one in the eye and say "How are you doing?" and really meant it!

Philly-Willy you will be missed for ages.We will see you in the twinkling stars!

Love, Kathy Holladay--your sister in law.
January 06, 2010
My deepest sympathy. I wish I had been given the chance to get to know you better. The shuttle and Coaster won't be the same without your smiling face. Heaven has a wonderful new Angel, but you will be missed so much by all of your friends & loved ones.
January 06, 2010
One of our favorite memories of Phil is our video of him and Heidi dancing at the Indian Princess father/daughter dance. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
January 06, 2010
Deepest sympathy from Barbara Younkin Park, friend of Pam's. It is sad that a bright jewel is gone.
January 06, 2010
The best man I've ever known. Bula, Bula Philly.

I love you,
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