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Philip Gary Heim


Family-Placed Obituary

Philip Gary Heim, age 61 died on Saturday, January 17, 2004, in Austin, Texas. Philip was born on September 9, 1942, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Philip C. Heim and Margaret Rieder Heim. Philip graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grade School in 1956 and Edgewood High School in 1960. He received his B.A. degree from Marquette University in 1964. He graduated with high honors and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship while majoring in both English and Philosophy. He also received his M.A. degree in English from Marquette the following year. After teaching at the University of Chicago Circle Campus for seven years, Philip lived in Champagne, Illinois, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi, pursuing various vocations, finally settling in Austin, Texas in 1989. For the past eight years, he was employed at Harte Hanks as a Computer Support Technician. Philip vigorously pursued his intense love of music, art and philosophy throughout his life, enhancing the lives of all those he came in touch with by sharing his knowledge and skills in all three disciplines. Philip was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his beloved daughter, Margaret Marie (John) Christ of Leander, Texas and her mother, Kathleen de la Pena McCook of Ruskin, Florida. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret (Patrick) Coyle of Medicine Lake, Minnesota, Laura (Gene) Ellis of Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Jeanne (Billy) Harrelson of Madison, Wisconsin; and a brother John (Karen) Heim of Madison, Wisconsin; a niece, Laurie Ann (Doug) McLeod of Middleton, Wisconsin; and two nephews, Scott (Kelly) Ellis of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Philip Harrelson of Madison, Wisconsin, and numerous other relatives and friends. Philip will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held at Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Road on Saturday January 24, 2004 at 11:00 a.m., the Reverend Patrick Norris O.P. officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Milestones Foundation for Alameda House, P.O.Box 3211, Austin, TX 78764 where Philip spent many hours as a volunteer supporting and counseling its residents.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 22, 2004
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