Daniel Anthony Phillips

daniel-anthony-phillipsPHILLIPS, Daniel Anthony -- A Life Well Lived -- of Cambridge, Bourne, formerly of South Dartmouth and Wellesley died on April 26, 2018 after a long illness. Son of Harriet and Lyman Phillips, Dan was born February 24, 1938 and grew up in Taunton where he attended school before graduating from the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. Past President and Chairman of Fiduciary Trust Co., Dan graduated from Harvard College (A.B. cum laude 1960) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A. 1963). He served in the Army Reserve (Army Security Agency) from 1960-66 and joined Fiduciary in the fall of 1963 where he remained for the rest of his professional career. In addition to the joy he received from working with clients and employees, Dan believed in public service and made a point to give back to the communities from which he had derived much and to which he felt committed. At Harvard, Dan was a member of Lowell House and majored in history. He served as Treasurer for his beloved class of 1960 for forty years and was Chair of his tenth reunion and Co-Chair of his 25th. He was an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and subsequently served as Vice-President and then President. Dan was a recipient of the Harvard Alumni Association Award in 1995. Dan's devotion to Harvard continued throughout his life and career as he so highly valued the education and friendships it provided him.

In addition, Dan was committed to the City of Boston and as such served as honorary Trustee and President of Family Service of Greater Boston as well as Chair of the Board of Directors of Family Service of America and Families International, Inc. Dan was also a Director and Foundations Chair of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Vice President and Treasurer of the Frederick E. Weber Charities as well as a proud member of the Boston Club from which he received an Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Women, recognizing the number of women officers and board appointees during his tenure as president of Fiduciary. Dan's other interest included the American Memorial Hospital of Reims, France where he served as forty-year Director and then as President of the American Board of ten years. In 2003 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the hospital in Reims.

Beyond his professional and volunteer interests, Dan loved gardening and travel. He spent many weekends tending to shrubs, trees and plants in his cherished South Dartmouth. He always said that this pursuit was his "therapy". Dan and his wife of fifty-five years, The Rev. Diana Phillips, moved from South Dartmouth to Bourne in 2004 at the onset of his illness.

It was one of the blessings of their life together that they had been able to travel extensively before his disease made such adventures impossible. Two of Dan's favorite and perhaps most unforgettable trips were trekking in Nepal and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his son, Bryan.

As well as his wife, Diana, Dan leaves his daughter, Lisa Harrington (James) of Providence, RI and his son, Bryan (Bradford) Phillips of Sedona, AZ as well as seven adored grandchildren: Daniel, Kieran, Chase and Eve Harrington and Carly, Liza and Jack Phillips. Dan was preceded in death by his brother Lyman W. Phillips and is survived by his sister-in-law, Gail Phillips of Fairhope, AL, and his nephew Allen C. Phillips of Destin, FL.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, June 20th at 2:00 p.m. in The Memorial Church located on 1 Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be welcomed at The Harvard Divinity School 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 or Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane Hyannis, MA 02601.

Published in The Boston Globe on May 3, 2018 (slightly modified).