Richard M. Phillippi, 52, mechanical engineer

September 13, 2004

Richard M. Phillippi, a consulting mechanical engineer and former president of Accumetrics Corp., died Thursday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from injuries suffered in a fall last month. He was 52 and lived in Highland, Howard County.

Mr. Phillippi was born in Washington and raised in New Carrollton. He was a 1970 graduate of Parkdale High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1974 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. In 1981, he earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.

He began his career in 1974 with the Army's Harry Diamond Laboratories in Adelphi. He was president of Accumetrics Corp. in Rosalyn, Va., from 1983 to 1990. The company manufactures instruments used in steel making to measure temperature and gases of molten steel.

During the 1990s, he worked for Defense Research Technologies and Alpha Industries before establishing his own consulting firm in 1998.

Mr. Phillippi, who held 12 patents for products used in mechanical engineering, was the 1981 recipient of the Army's Research and Development Award.

He enjoyed freshwater fishing, canoeing and camping.

Services are private.

Mr. Phillippi is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Joy A. Watson; and two sons, Kevin L. Phillippi and Travis E. Phillippi, both of Highland.

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