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BABCOCK, Philip Scott, PhD Philip Babcock passed over into heaven peacefully on November 7, 2012, in his Goleta home, after facing cancer with courage and dignity. He was born August 25, 1959, in Los Angeles, to Lyle and Helen Babcock. He grew up in Manhattan Beach and Bakersfield. He graduated from Highland High School in 1977 and Princeton University in 1981. Philip founded his own software engineering company and a partnership company, Dyno-Tech, providing service to the oil industry. He pursued both acting and writing. He completed a PhD in Economics at UC San Diego in 2005. He became a professor at UC Riverside in 2005, then UC Santa Barbara in 2006. He was still working at UCSB at the time of his death.
Professor Babcock was considered a tough but dedicated teacher. He produced newsworthy research which has been cited and debated in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and he was quoted by the Wall Street Journal only a few days before his passing. In 2011, he published a novel, "Eyes of God." Philip is survived by his wife, Kathy (married 20 years); daughter, Breanna; sister, Susan (Michael) Gearin; in-laws Richard and Dori Nakagawa, brother-in-law Ronald (Cindy) Nakagawa; niece and nephews, Ali, Connor, and Sean Gearin; nieces Kristi, Adrianne, Tori, and Elizabeth Nakagawa and their mother Sharon Nakagawa. A memorial service will be held at Goleta Valley Church, 595 N. Fairview Ave., in Goleta, on Saturday, December 1st, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coastline Christian Academy.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Nov. 25, 2012.
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June 13, 2017
I was in a play with Philip called Table Manners at the Westchester Playhouse (Kentwood Players) in 1984. He was a combination of Robin Williams and Dudley Moore. Very funny and of course very likable. A memorable fellow. A great time. Thanks, Philip.

Kirk Mustard
Kirk Mustard
February 16, 2015
I'm still so sad at the passing of my old friend, Philip. We did theatre together in the 1980s and he was the consummate LINUS to my LUCY in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". He was incredibly intelligent and enlightened and damn good actor. I'm not surprised that he went on in life and did great things. Such a loss for all. My condolences to his family.
Stephanie Truitt
February 20, 2013
We are dedicating our computer lab to Phil. He contributed to our success as much as anyone with his great ideas, wisdom, wit, charm, loyalty, and unwavering work ethic.

I could always count on Phil.

When faced with difficult jobs we often worked around the clock in a very hostile environment in the oilfields and when the rest of us got tired, cranky, and mean, Phil kept our spirits up with his sense of humor and charm.

For all the days he worked for us without rest, without complaint, we trust he can now rest in peace.

Our hearts go out to Kathy, and Breanna. There are no words to express our sorrow.
December 23, 2012
We are dedicating our winter Transfer Student Success class at UCSB to Dr. Babcock. He was one of the best guests we've ever had. Students will read the Babcock and Marks article and discuss what he covered on his memorable visits. I am very grateful that I got to spend some time with Philip.
Don Lubach
November 28, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3
November 28, 2012
Dear Kathy,
I remember you and Phillip from St. Bede's when you were there.
My prayers and love to you and your entire family at this time.
Annette Graw
November 26, 2012
Philip was a high school friend and I always remember him being a kind, warm, and compassionate person. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and would repeatedly entertain his classmates with his "Eggbeater" dance! We've lost a decent and wonderful human being. My thoughts and prayers are with Philip's daughter and wife (also a high school friend), family, and friends.
Deborah Perkins
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