Everett Phillips

Everett J "Doc" Phillips

Saturday, April 19th, 1930 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Everett J. Phillips Jr. of Dunkirk, NY, passed at age 90 on September 18th, 2020. He was born on April 19, 1930 in Englewood, New Jersey. He was the son of Everett and May (Keyes) Phillips. Everett graduated from Dwight Morrow High School and went on to graduate from Springfield College in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Everett then served in the U.S. Navy between 1953-1956 in Izmir, Turkey. He then worked at Mount Hermon Prep School between 1956-1959 and the University of Rochester between 1959-1970. While working at the University of Rochester, Everett earned his master’s degree in 1964 from Springfield College. Everett then obtained his doctoral degree in Physical Education Administration from the University of Oregon 1971. Dr. Phillips was then hired by SUNY Fredonia in 1970 as the Chairman of the Heath, Physical Education, Athletics and Dance Department. While at SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Philips held the position of men’s cross country coach until his retirement from SUNY Fredonia on December 31st, 1994. He also coached women’s cross country from 1992-1994 and returned as interim coach for one season in 2003. During his tenure at Fredonia, athletes coached by Dr. Philips achieved NCAA Division III All American status 18 times, with one crowned national champion.

Dr. Philips was inducted into the SUNY Fredonia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, The Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2014, and the University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Dr. Philips was a member of the Dunkirk Yacht Club for 47 years, where he served as Commodore in 1975 and 1976. He also served as Cypress Landing Yacht Clubs first Commodore in 1996.

Dr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Shirley and four children: Everett Phillips III, Karen Phillips, Brett (Jen) Christy, and Brian (Diana) Christy; and daughter- in-law, Christine Phillips. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Tristan Phillips, Hannah and Alex Christy. Dr. Philips was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary and his son, Mark.

Family and friends may call on Friday October 2nd from 3:30-6:30 at LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue in Fredonia. Please wear a mask. Social distancing will be required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held for family and limited guests at Holy Trinity Church 1032 Central Avenue, Dunkirk on Saturday, October 3rd. Services to be officiated by Reverend Daniel P. Walsh.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Dr. Philips to the Phillips Cross Country and Track/Field Endowment Fund at SUNY Fredonia. Donations can be made online at http://www.fredonia.edu/give or by mail to the Fredonia College Foundation, 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY, 14063. If donating online, please specify “Phillips Endowment Fund” in the message box of the donation form. If donating by mail, please make the check payable to the Fredonia College Foundation and place “Phillips Endowment Fund” in the memo line. On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 3:30pm - 6:30pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 3:30pm - 6:30pm
    Larson-Timko Funeral Home
    20 Central Avenue
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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    Covid regulations will be enforced. Please wear a mask. Social distancing required.
  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 |
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
    Holy Trinity R.C. Church
    Central Avenue
    DUNKIRK, NY 14048
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    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held for family and limited guests at Holy Trinity Church 1032 Central Avenue, Dunkirk on Saturday, October 3rd.
    Fr. Dan Walsh


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Glenn E. Pasier

Posted at 02:26pm
Entering Fredonia in 1971, the first year of Doc's illustrious Fredonia career, he certainly aided and promoted my personal and athletic growth. He provided insightful comments on mental, spiritual, and athletic topics. Doc was my compass always advising as coach and mentor. When he met my girl friend at the time, he commented "don't get caught with your hands in the cookie jar." My dear Mary and I enjoyed 43 years of happy marriage.
Doc also helped me achieve enshrinement to the SUNY hall of fame in 1973 for XC. I did see on-line videos of Doc's fans celebrating his 90th birthday from his driveway - accolades well deserved. My condolences to the Phillips family.
Living in Las Vegas, again my sincere sympathy from Glenn E. Pasier

John Holzman

Posted at 01:05pm
Everett Doc Phillips directly influenced my life. It is because of him I still train for the sprints today. His inspiration touch the lives of so many students at Fredonia. Sophomore year guarding the Fredonia State pool, Doc caught me bouncing on the trampoline with the girls HS school state diving champion. My work-study job suddenly became handing out towels in the men's locker. Thankfully the next year he moved me back to intramural sports assistant under Bud Carpenter. That year taking his early morning jogging class, ran best 1500m of my life. He purchased a special hamstring machine for the distance guys to strengthen their legs as few of them lifted weights. He said I could use it but only if no distance runners wanted to use it. Working Duds Hall when he was athletic director with some of the best years of my life. In 1985 at the Mary Phillips invitational after finishing 4th in the 55m final, he said nice running young man. It meant a lot to me. Told him if only I could've raced that way my senior year 82. Again in 2003 at the Mary Phillips invitational there was Doc as interim coach. Again he complimented me on my 55m abilities. I told him thanks, just made the top 10 indoor list as a master. The last time I saw him was at the first Ruterbusch invitational in 2007. He and Shirley were both partying with the alumni at old Main until late in the night. Doc was truly a great American and human being. I spoke with him several times on the phone over the last few years, the last time was only a month ago. He was so happy to have moved back to to a home on Lake Erie. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us all those years.

Steve Scot

Posted at 06:42pm
Doc was such a wonderful man and coach. Hopefully you can take comfort in the knowledge of how many young men he effected. He challenged, encouraged, and praised as he helped so many young men grow physically, mentally and emotionally. He will be deeply missed.

Steve Scott - Class of '79

Andre Dowdell Sr. & Family (1989)

Posted at 10:15pm
To the family of Doc, with deepest sympathy. We shall keep you in our prayers.
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