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F. Philip Christian II ’41

Published in Oct. 22, 2003, issue

Following a fall, Phil died May 31, 2003, in Scranton, Pa. A graduate of the Loomis School, he majored in chemical engineering at Princeton, participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, and was president of Campus Club. He roomed senior year with Max Smith, Bill Diver, and George Lewis.

Joining the Navy as an ensign in May 1941, Phil served in WWII as chief test pilot and staff flight instructor of the Naval Air Station in New Orleans. Recalled to duty in the Korean War, he served on the staff of the aircraft carrier USS Antietam, retiring as lieutenant commander.

Phil returned to the Scranton area, becoming a managing director in the NY Stock Exchange firm of J.H. Brooks, Morris and Stroud, which later merged with Prudential Bache. He retired in 1988.

An elder, trustee, and treasurer of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he was director of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, the Boys and Girls Club of Scranton, and Moses Taylor Hospital. Phil was an avid fly fisherman and a member of the Country Club of Scranton's Hole-in-One Club.

Surviving are his wife of almost 50 years, Jane Mattas Christian; his daughter, Marjorie Miller; his sons, Philip III and Clyde; and five grandchildren. We shall miss this loyal Princetonian.

The Class of 1941

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