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Alroy Bradbury “Brad” Phillips

Alroy Bradbury “Brad” Phillips

Alroy Bradbury “Brad” Phillips

Alroy Bradbury “Brad” Phillips died May 16, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. He was born April 25, 1917, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Mildred Bradbury and Alroy Scollay Phillips. He married Kathleen Coleman of Burley Idaho, on September 15, 1945, in Topeka, Kansas.

Mr. Phillips graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in 1937 and later attended Washington University Medical School and Graduate School in St. Louis. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Westminster.

Mr. Phillips enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in October, 1940, and saw duty in the Gulf of Mexico, and river control on the Mississippi River. In August, 1941, he transferred to the Naval Reserve for flight training. He served on anti-sub patrol on the east coast and in the Caribbean Sea as far south as British Guiana, then at Midway Island and the Philippines. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Among his awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat Star, five Air Medals, American Area, Asiatic-Pacific Area, and Philippine Liberation with Bronze Star.

From July, 1947, to February, 1957, Mr. Phillips was on the staff at the Nuclear Physics Laboratory at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He was Cyclotron Engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder Nuclear Physics Laboratory until June, 1986. After retirement, he was active in model railroading and in Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Coleman Phillips of Boulder; children Lynn Elisabeth Phillips Reed (Steve), Louisville, CO; John Coleman Phillips (Jeanette), Loveland, CO; Robert Bradbury Phillips (Gina Sisco), Golden, CO; and Mary Diane Phillips Hemphill (David), Estes Park, CO; and granddaughter Rosemary Alice Reed, Louisville, CO. Also surviving are brothers and sisters Thomas Meston Phillips, Glengary, WV; David Richard Phillips (Susan), Flossmoor, IL; Edith Good (Joseph), Chesterton, MO; Susan Burke, Camarillo, CA; and Nancy Miller (Tom), Savannah, GA. He was preceded in death by his sister Mildred and brothers Douglas Alroy, Frank (Francis) Bradbury, William George, and John Albert Phillips.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (Learning Ally) or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah (

Cremation has taken place. No services are planned.

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