NEW LONDON – R. Wendell Phillips, Jr., "Wen", was born in Providence, R.I. on April 30, 1927, the son of Roscoe W. and Esther T. (Burr) Phillips and died on Monday, June 25, 2018 in New London. He attended the Moses Brown School and then served in the Merchant Marines for two years before continuing his education at Brown University where he received his BS degree in Engineering and was also a graduate of the M.I.T. School of Architecture. Wen was a veteran of the US Air Force, being stationed at Pleasanton, Calif. During this time in the military he began his long association with the Boy Scouts of America, being an active participant and leader for over 65 years. He later earned a Masters in Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus.
Wen was an A.I.A. Registered Architect for Kent, Cruise & Associates in Providence, R.I. and Boston, Mass. for many years before starting his own business, R. Wendell Phillips & Associates. He continued his career after he and Elizabeth moved to New London in 1993 and only retired from Architecture last year at age 90. Wen and Elizabeth helped establish Caring Animal Partners and he served as Treasurer for many years. He was an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and a dedicated volunteer with the New London Historical Society with the men's "Tuesday Group". Wen and Elizabeth were married in 1955, sharing 63 years of marriage. He was predeceased by a son, Roscoe Wendell Phillips, III in 1998.
Members of his family include his wife, Elizabeth (Moss) Phillips of New London; three children and their spouses, James Moss Phillips and his wife, Barbara, Eleanor Phillips Cyr and Margaret Phillips Goeller and her husband, John; five grandchildren, Madeline Phillips, Elizabeth (Cyr) Grim and her husband, Matthew, Randall Cyr, Jessica Goeller and Peter Goeller.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in New London at a later date to be announced.
Memorial contributions in Wen's memory may be made to Caring Animal Partners, PO Box 1304, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 52 Gould Rd. or the New London Historical Society, PO Box 965, all New London, N.H. 03257.
To sign an online guest book please visit chadwickfuneralservice.com.
Published by Concord Monitor on Jul. 3, 2018.