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Past President Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips dies at 89


By Jean Williams
Senior Editor, American Dental Association

INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips, a past IDA President from 1979 to 1980, died Jan. 15. He was 89.

Dr. Lloyd J. Phillips
Dr. Phillips, who was born in 1922 in Lykens, Pa., earned an electrical engineering degree from Bliss Electrical School and a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. He earned his dental degree from Indiana University in 1954.

He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Corps from 1942-55, and he served active duty during World War II.

His contributions to dentistry spanned many decades and included participatory and leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels. He was very active in both the Indiana Dental Association and the ADA for many years.

“He will be missed,” said Doug Bush, executive director of the Indiana Dental Association. “He was a leader in dentistry and was recognized for both his love for the profession and for the distinguished way that he performed his duties. He was a true gentleman and an example for many young dentists.”

In the IDA, he was a past president (1979-80) and a past secretary. He also served on several committees and councils.

In the ADA, prior to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, he was a delegate to the House of Delegates, a member of the House reference committee on dental research and therapeutics in 1969 and chairman of the committee on miscellaneous business in 1970.

He also was past president of both the American Fund for Dental Health and the International College of Dentists. Additionally, Dr. Phillips was an avid fundraiser for his alma mater, playing a leading role in an IDA endowment to the Indiana University Foundation to fund a Distinguished IU Dental Professor in restorative dentistry and dental materials.

Dr. Phillips is survived by Barbara Phillips, his wife of 68 years; son, Dr. Timothy Phillips, a dentist in Indianapolis; daughters, Pamela Thiesing (a dental hygienist) and Cathy Schlueter; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clair Phillips.

Private family services are being planned. G.H. Herrmann Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

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