The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

August 22, 2009

James ‘Jim’ S. Phillips

Farrell native was band director at Notre Dame

SUN CITY, Ariz. — James “Jim” S. Phillips of Sun City passed away at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in his home with his family by his side. He was 75.

Mr. Phillips was born May 12, 1934, in Farrell to Joseph and Mary Gasparec Phillips.

Jim married Carole Houk on May 25, 1957, in Sharon. They had three children, two daughters, Stephanie, wife of James Cullinane, New Canaan, Conn.; and Mary Jo, wife of John Hinson, Brier, Wash.; and a son, James Phillips, husband of Mary, Indianapolis, Ind.

Jim served as associate director of bands at the University of Notre Dame for 34 years beginning in 1965, but his tenure spanned about 43 years, entering Notre Dame as a freshman in 1952.

After earning his bachelor of music degree in 1956, he served for two years as director of bands at Catholic Central High School in Clarksville, W.Va.

He returned to Notre Dame in 1959 for his master’s degree and, upon graduation, was director of music at Muskegon Catholic Central School for four years. Once again he returned to Notre Dame in 1965 as associate director of bands and did doctoral studies at Northwestern University. He retired as professor emeritus in 1999 from Notre Dame.

Jim contributed to numerous professional publications and was a member of the National Catholic Bandmasters Association, American Federation of Musicians, College Band Directors National Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference and American Association of University Professors.

Besides his wife and three children, Jim is survived by seven grandchildren, Joseph and Katherine Hinson; Caroline, Megan and Sean Cullinane; and Sarah and Elizabeth Phillips.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joseph, who preceded him in death in 2001.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James S. Phillips Fund for Young Musicians in care of the funeral home.


James “Jim” S., 75, Sun City Ariz., formerly of the Shenango Valley.

Calling hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (8-25-09) in HICKEY FUNERAL HOME, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend, Ind.

Service: Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (8-26-09) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Interment: Following at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame campus.