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Bodey, Phillip LPhillip Lawrence Bodey, 73, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. He was the husband of Denise (Keeney) Bodey, to whom he was married since April 14, 1973. Born in Pen Argyl, he was the youngest son of the late Rev. Allen Z. and Marie (Smith) Bodey. A 1958 graduate of Liberty High School, he went on to earn his BA in Philosophy from Lafayette College in 1962, and his MA in English from Lehigh University in 1976. Phillip was an educator. From 1963-65, he taught English at Palisades High School, after which his life-long love of travel led him to La Mirada, CA, for a year of teaching at La Mirada High School. Missing the changing seasons, Phillip returned to the Lehigh Valley in 1967 to teach English at Saucon Valley High School from 1967 until his retirement in 2000. Also, while on sabbatical leave from Saucon Valley in 1976, Phillip taught freshman English at Lehigh University as a Teaching Assistant. He liked to say he had taught all the grades "from seven to thirteen". While at Saucon Valley, Phillip served in several capacities, notably as English Department Chairperson for many years. He was the Advisor to the Scholastic Scrimmage team and to the Ski Club. Phillip was also a volunteer with SVEA activities, and belonged to the NEA and NCTE as well. In 1986, Phillip was a member of the faculty of the National Endowment for the Humanities Commonwealth Partnership at Lafayette College. Phillip was honored by Cornell University in 1998 with a "Special Teachers Are Recognized (STAR)" Scholarship in his name, awarded to a Cornell freshman with financial need. He is listed in both the 1994 and 1998 editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." For a time, he was a ski instructor at Camelback Mountain. In addition, he undauntedly taught his wife Denise to drive. Phillip also served his nation both in the Army and in the Air Force Reserve. Phillip was a modern Renaissance man. He loved exercising his intellect with reading books, playing chess and discussing the issues of the day; his body with skiing, bicycling and weight-lifting; and his curiosity with extensive travelling with Denise. Not least, Phillip exercised his soul. As a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, he particularly loved the choir, with hymns being lately his favorite music. Phillip was a compassionate and generous man, taking the virtue of charity seriously, as many local and national organizations can attest. He was a Democrat, and helped with many campaigns. Finally, Phillip loved watching Formula One racing, the Boston Celtics, and Penn State football with his PSU alumna wife. Denise wishes to thank the Hospice Staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th & Chew Streets, for their care for her and especially for Phillip on his last and most significant journey. Survivors: His beloved wife Denise; dear mother-in-law Marie (Mrs. Charles) Keeney of Hellertown; brother Dr. Gerald Bodey and his wife Nancy of Houston, TX; sister-in-law Ruth Bodey of Fredericksburg, VA; nieces and nephews. Phillip was predeceased in 2013 by his brother, the Rev. Richard A. Bodey. Services: Funeral Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. A memory tribute may be placed at www.longfuneralhome.com Contributions: In lieu of flowers to Second Harvest Food Bank, 2045 Harvest Way, Allentown, PA 18104; or to Allentown Rescue Mission, 355 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA 18101; or to Salvation Army, 521 Pembroke Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Published in Morning Call on Apr. 14, 2014
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