Philip James (Swampy) Griesbaum peacefully passed away on February 11, 2013 at his home in Palm Springs. He was 76 years old and died as a result of cardiac arrest. Philip was born in St. Louis, Mo., September 11, 1936 to parents Francis W. and Ethel Stover Griesbaum. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, Ohio, served in the US Army and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana. Phil came to San Francisco in the mid 1950's and had a successful career at Levi Strauss where he enjoyed a close working relationship with his dear friend Mary DeYoe. He is survived by Russ Turner his long term partner of 52 years. Phil and Russ met in 1958. They later purchased motor cycles and became members of the CMC. While a member of the CMC, Phil was tagged with the name "Swampy". Depending on who you ask, there are many explanations of how he came to be called "Swampy". They remodeled and decorated several homes in San Francisco. Swampy and Russ made many trips to Greece, France and England. Swampy's great interest was in architecture. These trips to Europe afforded him the opportunity to observe first hand the architecture he so much admired. Swampy loved San Francisco and all the attractions the city had to offer. He was especially interested in the arts, the theatre, music and the museums. In the late 1950's, Phil met his best friend Ann Ghiselin and her husband Richard. He was instrumental in raising their children Tiffany and Todd who lovingly called him "Uncle Phil". In 2000 Swampy and Russ made Palm Springs their permanent residence. Swampy was very active in the Palm Springs Art Museum where he was a Board Member of the Architecture and Design Council. Predeceased by his mother and father, Swampy is survived by his long term partner Russ Turner and his brother Karl Griesbaum of Henderson, Nev., cousins Diane Bedford, Cynthia (Bennett) De Beixedon and Jill Polsby of Pasadena. In view of Swampy's wishes, donations can be made in his honor to The Palm Springs Art Museum's new Architecture and Design Center. A celebration of life will be held in the May. A memorial website and guestbook are available at Phil-Griesbaum.virtual-memorials.com.
Published in The Desert Sun from Apr. 7 to Apr. 21, 2013