Arthur B. Phillips

May 11, 1992

Arthur B. Phillips, retired president of a steel erecting company, died Friday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 79.

Services for Mr. Phillips were being held today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

For 37 years, he guided Arthur Phillips & Co. of Baltimore in construction projects that included the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the former Friendship Airport, the new Towson Courthouse, what now is Mercy Medical Center and Harborplace.

Before forming the company that bears his name, he served as a design engineer in the Coast Guard at Curtis Bay from 1938 to 1945. Earlier, he worked for the Arundel Corp. and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Mr. Phillips was born in New York City and moved to Baltimore with his family as a child. A 1932 graduate of Loyola High School, he earned his civil engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1936. While at Hopkins, he played lacrosse and football.

He was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and president of the Steel Erectors Association of Baltimore for more than 20 years.

For many years he sailed his yacht, Toppedout, from Annapolis.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Eleanor Boyer Phillips; and three daughters, Leah Jeanne Gail of Annapolis; Nancy E. Phillips of Towson and Diane E. Silk of Timonium.

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