Deceased June 22, 2018

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In Memory

Phil died on June 22 at home in Orleans, Mass. A graduate of Amherst High School, he was in our class for only one year, then joined the Army during the end of the Korean War; in 1955 he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1959 he graduated from Andover Newton Divinity School with a divinity degree and in 1979 earned a doctorate in ministry from San Francisco Seminary.

During his ministry, he served churches in Charlton, Mass.; Hollis, N.H.; and Binghamton, N.Y. In retirement he also served as interim minister on Cape Cod in South Dennis, Hyannis and Pembroke. Phil was an author of several books, and he served as a trustee of Andover Newton, as chaplain and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and as an active advocate for social justice.

Phil was married for 54 years to the late Barbara Fay (Madden) Mitchell, and together they had two adopted children, Christi Ann Mitchell and the late Timothy Paul Mitchell.

George Edmonds ’53