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Lawrence R. Phillips

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Lawrence R. Phillips, 78, passed away quietly at his summer home in Mt. Gretna, Pa. Friday, June 29, 2018. The son of the late Frank R. and Christine Phillips, of Bedford, Pa., he retired from Citigroup, Inc. as senior vice-president of human resources and had previously served in senior HR positions at General Electric and Johns Hopkins medical institutions as well as in similar positions elsewhere during a career that spanned several decades. Although he could point to a lifetime of business accomplishments, the achievements of which he was most proud were reflected in his family. He also enjoyed many warm and enduring personal relationships with friends throughout the country, and he was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. In Mt. Gretna, he helped establish a community trust supporting artistic groups that make the historic Mt. Gretna Playhouse their principal summertime performance venue. A 1957 graduate of Beaverdale-Wilmore HS in western Pennsylvania, he received his bachelor's in business administration from Lehigh University in 1962, and a master's in economics in 1964. In addition to his beloved wife, Julia, he is survived by a son, Lawrence M. Phillips, of Texas; and by daughters, LeighAnn Phillips (wife of Robert Mandich), of Hawaii, and Magdalena L. Phillips and her four-year-old daughter, Naomi, of Florida. Also surviving are stepsons, Dr. Rudolph Lurz, Ed.D. and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Kirchner, M.D., of Illinois, and Erik Lurz and his wife, Karen Chang, of California. Additional survivors include his sister, Donna Jean Phillips, of Alexandria, Va.; and his stepmother, Jeanne Ritchey Phillips, of Bedford, and her children. He left a beautiful legacy of kindness, love and compassion. Lawrence will be greatly missed.
Family and friends will be welcome to attend a blessing service for Lawrence to be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, (724) 468-1177, officiated by Father Efren Ambre of St. John Baptist de Ia Salle Catholic Church, Delmont. Everyone is requested to please arrive at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on July 4, 2018
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