Dr. Leonard V. Phillips, dedicated and compassionate physician for more than 50 years, passed away on March 11 at the age of 91.|
Born in Indiana, Dr. Phillips remained an enthusiastic cheerleader for his Hoosier teams whether basketball or football.
He graduated from Wabash College in 1944 and then from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1946. He spent three years in the U.S. Navy, including service at the Guam Naval Hospital and as extra duty, was an instructor in cardiology at the Naval Medical School of the Territories on Guam.
His medical training included an internship at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis and medical residencies at both the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland and at Peoples Hospital in Akron (now Akron General Medical Center - AGMC). He began a private practice in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in 1952 in Akron, and retired in 1997.
Dr. Phillips, certified by the Board of Internal Medicine in 1958, was Chief of Medicine at St. Thomas Hospital from 1960 until 1965, and was on the staff of AGMC for many years, serving as Chief of Staff in 1971. He was President of the Akron Academy of Internal Medicine in 1966, and he was President of the Summit County Medical Society in 1967. He also received an AGMC Service Award in 1979 and an AGMC Department of Medicine House Staff Service Award for Excellence in Training for 1984-85. He also was an assistant professor of medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Phillips was selected to become a member of the Distinguished Physicians Society of AGMC, an organization formed to honor physicians who have distinguished themselves in the areas of service to the hospital, education, and research.
He was adored by his children and grandchildren who will remember his oft repeated advice on "never quitting," "don't worry, be happy," "the home court advantage is worth 10 points" and "don't you ever start smoking!" They will think of him with every return to the beach where so many happy family vacations were held walking together on the sand or dodging waves. He made all of us want to be better people. We love you dad.
He leaves behind Lois, his loving wife of 68 years. Also son, Steve (wife Lizabeth) of Akron and children Andrew and Melissa; daughter, Barbara Phillips Juliussen and her son, Danny and daughters, Natalie and Angie all in Pittsburgh, and daughter, Lynn Phillips Carolan and husband, Rusty Carolan and sons, Michael and Brian, all of Winter Park, Fla. Dr. Phillips also leaves behind three great grandchildren; sister, Bernadine Parrinello of Indianapolis; and nieces and a nephew.
We'd also like to recognize the compassion, good humor and love shown to "Doc" by his longtime caregiver, Laura Treml.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Deborah Nees officiating. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart & Vascular Center of Akron General Medical Center, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron 44307, or Christ United Methodist Church, 380 Mineola Ave., Akron 44320.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2013