Joan Hood Phillippi, 66, special events planner

November 25, 2003

Joan Hood Phillippi, a special events planner at Howard Community College, died of post-operative complications Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Columbia resident was 66.

Born Joan Hood Davis in Baltimore and raised in Ten Hills, she was a 1955 graduate of Catonsville High School. She worked as a secretary from 1955 to 1966 for American Export Lines in Baltimore.

A mother of two, Mrs. Phillippi returned to college and earned an associate's degree from Howard Community College. She earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1992 from the University of Baltimore and a master's in 2001 from Notre Dame College of Maryland.

For more than a decade until retiring last year, Mrs. Phillippi had been a special events coordinator in the alumni office of Howard Community College.

An accomplished artist, she painted murals at Atholton Elementary School and Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, both in Columbia, and enjoyed writing poetry.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glenmar Road in Ellicott City.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Russell A. Phillippi, a retired Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory physicist; two daughters, Andrea J. Herman of Potomac and Carol E. Velivlis of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Dudley Davis of Whitman in Talbot County; and three grandchildren.

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