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Michael P. Phillips M.D.

December 31, 1969 June 10, 2013
Michael P. Phillips M.D.
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Michael was born on Oct 7, 1948 in Chicago, IL. Michael was raised by his mother, Kathleen Phillips and his Aunt Dell, both public health nurses. Michael graduated from Tilden Academy High School and Roosevelt University in Chicago. Michael accepted Christ as Lord and Savior as a child. Academic excellence marked his training at the University of Illinois - Chicago, College of Medicine. Michael completed his ophthalmology residency at Cook County Hospital and the University of Illinois Hospital. Dr. Phillips practiced ophthalmology in Chicago for 29 years. Michael was awakened to his purpose in life - medical missions. He relentlessly followed his passion with his wife Cleo at his side. Michael and Cleo took mission courses at King College - Global Home Health Training Program in Bristol, TN. He completed courses in health, agriculture and culture of community with ECHO Global Health Training in Fort Myers, FL. He completed small incision cataract surgery training with Christian Medical and Dental Association in Bristol, TN and with Great Lakes Eye Group in Granada, Nicaragua. Dr. Phillips attended annual conventions at Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY. Michael served with the Rotary Club, recently as president of the South East Chicago chapter, the first African American chapter of the Rotary Club. His involvement in the Rotary Club was another vehicle to express his love for God by serving mankind. Michael passionately went about helping those less fortunate through the avenue of public health in global missions. As medical director for many mission trips with Robb Thompson ministries and Director of Ophthalmology for the Christian Medical and Dental Association, he traveled to numerous foreign countries to bring medical relief in the form of eye clinics, medical clinics, and public health education. He spearheaded a clean water project, a joint partnership of Rotary Club International and Robb Thompson International, which provided a Guatemalan village with their first opportunity for clean water. He conducted clinics and led teams in Mexico, Ghana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Haiti. An inspiration for many, he was always encouraging others with his passion and vision for missions. Another love of Michael Phillips was education. He received his Bachelor in Music Ministry and Doctor of Ministry at the International College of Excellence, completing his dissertation in holistic missions. He combined these passions and developed a missions program for the International College of Excellence in 2007, which later became Dan EL Christian College. Dr. Phillips served the college as Missions Program Chair and as Interim President for Dan EL Christian College. He worked tirelessly to prepare the school for the arduous process of accreditation. Lovingly referred to as "Sunshine", Michael brought a lightness of heart into any room he entered. His laugh and humor was so appreciated by those of us who may have been seeing life as a bit too serious at that moment. Michael had a habit of repeating back to you what you had just said in a manner that made you believe that it was either extremely significant or extremely funny. You always felt important and accepted in his presence. Although his forgetfulness could cause one to be irritated he always made up for it by his obvious generosity and willingness to get the job done. He was a gregarious team player who thoroughly enjoyed congregating and paying for everyone including sending you home with all the leftovers from dinner. He did much more for others behind the scenes than we will ever be aware of. An inspiration for many, he was always encouraging others with his passion and vision for missions. He will be remembered as a man who left his mark by helping others. The earthly journey of Dr. Michael Phillips ended June 10, 2013, at the age of 64. Michael loved and served his heavenly Father, who took him to his eternal home, where he joins his mother, his beloved Aunt Dell, Aunt Katherine and brothers Leonard & Howard. Michael is survived by his wife Cleo, daughters Mackenzie and Tracy, son Michael Jr., grandchildren Brian and Jordan, sister Hattie (Bo) Williams, nephews, nieces, cousins, colleagues and friends. Michael expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Kaye, mother to Mackenzie and Michael, Jr. and Alice, mother to Tracy. Dr. Mike was a tireless worker during his life. Often being the last to leave and always making time for anyone who needed him, he acted as though you allowing him to help were all the thanks he needed. We will always remember him for his kindness and fun loving attitude, which exuded God's love to all he knew. He will be greatly missed for all of his contributions to others. He will always be irreplaceable, unique friend and brother in Christ. In celebration of Dr. Michael Phillip's life, legacy and passion Michael wished to promote the global missions efforts of Robb Thompson International, 18500 92nd Ave., Tinley Park IL. 60487. Gifts to the ministry will be used to support holistic global missions in developing countries.


Saturday, June 15 9 a.m.

Family Harvest Church 18500 92nd Ave Tinley Park, IL


Friday, June 14 3 to 9 p.m..

Drechsler, Brown & Williams

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