PHILLIPS, Geneva F. Aug. 1, 1920-Feb. 18, 2013 Beloved wife of James, who predeceased her. Together they enriched and fulfilled each other's lives. As a young woman, Geneva broke ground and raised eyebrows as a woman in positions generally held only by men. Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1942, she worked briefly at the copy-desk of the Chicago Journal of Commerce. During much of World War II, she worked as an editorial assistant in a highly classified laboratory at Harvard University. By 1950, she had moved to Calif. and enrolled in graduate studies in the Dept. of English at UCLA, while simultaneously working as a part-time research assistant on the Dept.'s project to publish the works of the Renaissance poet and dramatist John Dryden. For the nest 50 or so years, Geneva's life and that of the Dryden project would be closely intertwined. ln 1964, she became Managing Editor, a position she would hold until her (partial) retirement in 1991. Geneva leaves behind many family members and friends who remember vividly the energy and love of life which was her style and which always shined especially brightly from her office in the English Dept., which was a magnet for eager and promising generations of students and researchers whose contributions she galvanized in support of the Dyrden project. It was a project to which her own contributions were many, substantial, and worthy of the life-time commitment she gave. For the young women around her in particular, her virtuosity, intelligence and drive could fire the imagination with possibilities. Well done, fine lady. Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the University Lutheran Chapel, 10915 Strathmore Dr., Westwood.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22, 2013