Philip E. Drysdale
Graham-Hitch Mortuary
4167 First Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566-6705
Drysdale, Philip E. DUBLIN, Calif. Philip E. Drysdale, 62, died on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at home in Dublin, after a long illness. Born June 8, 1953, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., he was the eldest son of the late Emil and Joyce Drysdale. Philip attended Albany High School where he worked on the school newspaper, immersed himself in the debate and drama clubs and was president of his senior class. After graduating in 1971 he attended Harvard University where he studied history and literature with an eye towards a writing career. At Harvard he lived in Adams house and was a member of the Spee club. He graduated in 1975 and was hired, that summer, by "The New York Times", where he would eventually became the assistant editor of the Op-Ed page. He left the Times to work for ABC Night Line. In 1984 Philip left New York for New Orleans where he worked for the Associated Press. He entered Tulane Law School in 1987. While at Tulane he met his wife, Ann, a fellow law student, and they were married in 1993. Phil loved the bay area and upon graduation in 1990 was excited to accept a position at the law firm of Mendelson, Fastift, Tichy and Mathianson in their San Francisco offices. In 1996 he moved to the firm of Fitzgerald Abbott and Beardsley. Philip was a wonderful cook and his love of creating great food was a passion he shared with his wife Ann. Philip was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Joyce Drysdale and sister, Valerie Drysdale. He is survived by his wife, Ann Huntley; brother, Richard Drysdale (Saskia); sister, Paula Drysdale Frazell and nephew, Paul Frazell. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 16, at the Graham-Hitch Funeral Home, 4167 First St., Pleasanton, Calif.

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I went to grade school with Philip at PS #16 in Albany and was just thinking of him - I was shocked and saddened to find out that he had passed. He was a wonderful guy and I will remember him fondly always. My condolences to all the family. You will remain in my prayers.
Mary Ellen (Harmon) O'Connell
November 10, 2015
Prayers to you and your family.
Lisa Adams
October 17, 2015
Ann, I'm praying for you my SJA friend. Even though I wasn't a part of the life you had with Phil it sounds as if it were plentiful. I know that he was blessed to have had you by his side. Your memories should be rich! Terri (Falk) Vititoe
October 17, 2015
Dear Ann, I'm so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I know you did everything you could to make him comfortable and he just couldn't fight anymore. He's no longer suffering and that's about the only thing that can ease the pain of losing him. I met him one time at Amanda's wedding and he was a really nice guy. My condolences go out to you.
Allison Brown
October 16, 2015
Dear Paula and Richard,

It made us sad to see that you've lost another member of your wonderful family. Our deepest sympathy.

Agatha and Christopher
Albany Pike
October 16, 2015
Condolences to Ann, Richard, Paula, & Paul. Very sorry to hear of Phil's passing but glad that he is no longer suffering. He's OK now!
Alan Ellis
October 16, 2015
Sad to learn. We were friends and classmates at AHS, even visited at Harvard once or twice. Great memories of a great fellow.
Michael Sherer
October 16, 2015
He was among the best and the brightest, going all the way back to our PS #16 days. And for all his accomplishments, so kind and unpretentious. Sincere condolences to your family.
Resa Siegel Tanner
October 16, 2015
I am so heartbroken for all of you. I have such fond memories of our time together, especially in our early NYC days! Huge hugs.
Mollie McHugh
October 16, 2015
Know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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Dear Paula and Family,
Such sad news to hear that your dear brother Philip has passed. He will join your mom, dad and sister into eternal rest. I will pray for him and your family. Peace.
Lisa Robilotto
October 16, 2015
Rest in peace my old friend. Many fond memories of us growing up together. Especially the grand adventure of summer 1970! Sincerest condolences to Paula, Richard and Ann.
Chris States
October 15, 2015
So sad to learn of Phillip's passing. We all grew up together, in a loving social community our parents's like losing a cousin. Condolences to Paula and Richard.
Roslyn Jefferson
October 15, 2015
To my Mercy sister Paula and her family, I was so very sorry to read of the loss of your brother. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Finlan
October 15, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Graham-Hitch Mortuary
October 15, 2015