Vail Daily obituary: Bernard Richard Phillips
July 12, 2016
Bernard Richard Phillips, 74, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, following a brief illness.
Raised in Buffalo, New York, Bernard attended Park School and subsequently received a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of New York at Buffalo. After additional studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, Bernard Joined the Coast Guard, where he was deployed for a year to Antarctica as a celestial cartographer. He then transitioned to a position as a pilot with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, National Hurricane Center, until his retirement as a lieutenant commander. However, his love of flying remained unabated; he quickly secured employment as a commercial pilot with Northwest Airlines where he retired as captain.
Bernard was a worldwide traveler and relished an active lifestyle. An avid skier and ski instructor, he could often be seen on the Vail and Aspen slopes. When not on the slopes, he pursued his other passion, music. He played the cello throughout his adult life, participating in numerous chamber groups an orchestras. He was most recently a member of Symphony in the Valley and High Country Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra. As all who knew him could attest, Bernard had an intense love of life and treasured the Aspen community. He is survived by his sister, Susan Mandelkern; his uncle, David Iventosch; his dear friend Lisa Simmons; and his innumerable friends, both in the Colorado Rockies and worldwide. He his predeceased by his brother, Richard Mandelkern, and his parents, Bernard and Rivka Mandelkern, former violinists with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
A celebratory memorial will be held on Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Mountain Chalet, 333 East Durant Ave. in, Aspen. Contributions can be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation. In addition, the Bernard Phillips Fund has been established through the Episcopal Church of Christ, 536 W. North St., Aspen, CO 81611. The church houses music in the West End. Donations may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church with a designation on the memo "Bernard Phillips Memorial Concert Fund."
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