Phil died June 20, 2021, in Sarasota, Fla., after a brief illness. 

He was born in Chicago and came to Princeton after graduating from Downers Grove Township High School. He was an Eagle Scout and a star of the high school track team. At Princeton he was a member of Campus Club, majored in politics, and wrote his thesis on “The Operation of Port Newark as a Marginal Profit Enterprise under the Port of New York Authority.” He then served two years in the Army, leaving as a captain, and earned an MBA at Stanford University. 

Phil joined the marketing research division of Standard Oil Co. of California and began a corporate career that took him from San Francisco to New York, Cleveland, Chicago, and finally Lubbock, Texas, where he changed course at age 55 to earn a doctorate in business administration from Texas Tech University. He spent the next 16 years as a professor at Wichita State University’s School of Business. 

At age 60 he acquired a private pilot’s license and explored the small uncontrolled landing strips around Kansas. He found time to travel to Slovakia, where he conducted seminars in new product development under a USIA grant. 

Throughout his life, Phil served his community and his church, notably the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Ill., Eastminster Presbyterian Church of Wichita; and Church of the Palms in Sarasota. 

Phil was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Maribel “Penny” Slayton. He is survived by their son and daughter and four grandchildren.

Undergraduate Class of 1953