Philip Heintz

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Philip Heintz



It is with great sadness that the family of Philip "Phil" Heintz announces his passing on February 20, 2018, at the age of 74 years old.

Phil was a highly educated man, earning degrees from Cal Poly, SLO (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering), University of Washington (M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and PhD in Bio-Nuclear Engineering on an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship). He began his professional career at a large physician owned practice while beginning his academic career teaching residents, veterinarians, and medical physicists at California State University of Sacramento and University of California at Davis. He also started a radiation therapy software company in 1987, called SSGI (Prowess treatment planning system), and taught at the x-ray technologist school at Enloe Hospital. Phil also was very involved in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Board of Radiology. He chaired several task group committees to develop and grow the graduate school and residency training programs in diagnostic radiology. Later in his career, he moved to Albuquerque to teach as a professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the departments of Radiology, Physics, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. During his time at the UNM he developed a Masters of Science program in Medical Physics, and taught physics lectures to x-ray students and radiology residents. Phil loved to learn new things. He was always looking at how things worked and how to improve things. Through his learning he published several articles, developed radiation therapy software that changed the way medicine was performed, wrote a book, and touched the lives of everyone he came to know and teach.

Phil was also a loving husband to his wife Lillian, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage and demonstrated an incredible example of unconditional love and devotion to every single day. Together, they had two sons, Bret and Robert, who they supported, encouraged, taught and loved. He was a wonderful grandfather that loved his grandchildren very much, too. He loved to spend time with his family at home, on the beach, at the ranch and anywhere else they managed to get together. He also immensely enjoyed swimming, golfing, spending time with friends and traveling all over the world.

Phil is survived by his brother, Ed; his two sons, Bret and Robert; and his four grandchildren.

A celebration of life is planned for March 24th at 2 p.m. at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo Del Norte NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a scholarship fund that will be created in Phil's name for students pursuing a Medical Physics education. Checks should be made payable to Fidelity Charitable, memo line should include Giving Account 1124340/ Mail to: Fidelity Charitable, PO Box 770001, Mail Code KC1D-FCS, Cincinnati, OH 45277.

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Sandia Presbyterian Church
10704 Paseo Del Norte NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
(505) 856-5040
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 16, 2018
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