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PHILIP JOHN CARRIGAN Jr.


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PHILIP JOHN CARRIGAN Jr. Obituary
Philip John Carrigan, Jr. unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the age of 73. His crooked smile, hearty greeting, unusual memory for people, curiosity, uncanny listening ability and quirky humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was born on December 31, 1944 in Malden, Massachusetts to Mary Eloise (Harty) and Philip John Carrigan, Sr. both deceased. He had one sister, Mary Arthur (Allen), who is also deceased. Phil is survived by his wife, Mary Clare Jakes and daughter, Erin Elayne with his first wife, Florence Flynn (d). Erin and her husband, Jeremy Bell, have twin daughters, Audrey and Elizabeth, who in Phil's own words, were a great source of joy. His niece, Laurie Arthur, nephew Paul Arthur (Teresa), numerous cousins, many friends, colleagues, and associates will miss Phil's larger than life presence. Phil earned an undergraduate pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a master's degree from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in pharmacokinetics from the University of Connecticut. He finished his graduate studies at the University of Buffalo. He began his job at Abbott Laboratories in pharmaceutical research and development in 1974 and retired 30 years later. For his scientific excellence and leadership, Phil was inducted into Abbott's prestigious Volwiler Society. Upon meeting Phil, one immediately learned of his passions: social justice, education, politics, and coin collecting. Having never met a stranger, Phil (Doc to some) reached out and connected with people regardless of social status, ethnicity, or education. He was as comfortable visiting with local, state, and national political figures, as with prisoners in the county jails to maximum-security federal penitentiaries, PAD's clients, CLC students, faculty, and board members. His passion for social justice is evidenced by the long list of organizations he served and financially supported. To name a few: Waukegan Township's Staben House Transitional Housing for Women with Children and Eddie Washington Center Transitional Housing for Men, PADS Lake County, Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Food Pantry in Zion, Lake County Community Action Project, CEASE FIRE, John Howard Association, a prison reform organization, Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, Prisoner Visitation and Support, a national volunteer organization for visiting federal prisoners, Lake County NAACP, Former Inmates Striving Together (F.I.S.T.) and the ACLU. Phil was an active trustee for the College of Lake County, serving as president and vice-president, attending graduations, special events and student activities. He also served on the CLC Lakeshore Advisory Committee. Never afraid to stand alone, he advocated for the education of minority youth at the Waukegan campus, believing a community college was an excellent path to higher education. He tutored in the Youth Conservation Corps' GED program. His scientific and social justice experience led to membership on the Rosalind Franklin Institutional Review Board and the Lake County Board of Health. Phil's interest in coin collecting spanned his whole life, starting his collection at the age of nine. He could tell you the history of every coin he owned and how it came into his possession. He was a life member of both the Royal Canadian and American Numismatic Associations. He was a charter member and then president of the Barber Coin Collectors' Society from 1994-2015 and a member of the Chicago Coin Club. Phil was a numismatic bibliophile. "Phil was a recognized figure at most major numismatic literature auctions and recognized as an expert in his field," according to Carl Wolf, Chicago Coin Club Secretary. A testament to Phil's commitment was that he celebrated his 60th birthday at PADs since that was his regular Friday to volunteer as well as New Year's Eve, instead of the large party Mary Clare wanted to have for him. To show how those who knew him loved him, this past year, his family celebrated his 73rd birthday with him at Sunrise Senior Living with more than 60 people attending to wish him well. A wake is scheduled from 4 to 8pm on Friday, February 9 at Peterson and Patch Funeral Home, 408 N. Sheridan Road in Waukegan. Visitation will take place at St. Patrick's Church, 15000 W. Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth at 10am, Saturday, February 10, followed by an 11am Funeral Mass. Pope's Florist in Waukegan is the family's preferred florist. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eddie Washington Center, 424 South Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085 or the Prisoner GED Program at the Lake County Jail. Donations should be directed to the Lake County Sheriff, 25 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, IL 60085.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2018
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