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Edwin A. Phillips ’28

Edwin A. Phillips ’28, July 5, 1995, in Portland. After traveling for a year in Europe following graduation from Reed, he returned to Portland to seek employment at the advice of former Reed president William Trufant Foster [1910–19]. He took a position as an actuarial clerk with Oregon Mutual Life, a small life insurance firm that later became Standard Insurance. His career with Standard lasted 41 years. In 1946, he was promoted to vice president and sales director of the entire sales operation, a position he held until 1960, when he became vice president and corporate secretary of the company, handling company administration and corporate affairs. He retired from Standard Insurance in 1970. During his career, he served on the boards of several professional associations, including the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association of Hartford, Connecticut and the Life Office Management Association of New York. He was also a past president of the Oregon Life Managers Association. He was active in community affairs and served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and as a board member of the Portland Better Business Bureau. In the ’60s, he became involved in health planning and served on the Governor's Committee for Comprehensive Health Planning. After retirement, he served as president and a member of the board of trustees of Holladay Park Hospital. In 1930, he married Frances Wright, who died in 1991. Survivors include two daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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