PHILIP PERRY PFEIFFER
Philip Perry Pfeiffer completed his story on July 13, 2021.
Born November 1, 1931, son of Theodore (Papa) and Lily Pfeiffer, the middle child of 5, Philip leaves surviving: his wife of 65 years, Barbara; his daughter, Janet; and son, Christopher, along with many loved relatives throughout the country.
Philip, whose birthplace was Buffalo Township, Wisconsin, traveled both nationally and internationally throughout his life. His father, a Chaplain in the United States Army, had postings in Germany, France, and Panama, and extensive stateside travel as well.
Philip attended 17 schools before graduating from Laurel High School in Maryland as valedictorian. He found his calling with the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California where he studied Russian. Phil continued developing his skills in Russian at UCLA, and upon graduation, was recruited by the National Security Agency where he retired after 35 years of service. Although there were many tours of duty, Phil always considered Horseshoe Lake near Eveleth, Minnesota his ancestral home and returned there whenever he could.
Phil was the type of person who would get along with almost everyone, and is sorely missed.
His ashes will be retained partially at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the remainder scattered at Horseshoe Lake.
Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting Service.
Published by Santa Fe New Mexican on Jul. 20, 2021.