Philip “Phil” Harrison

Memorial services for Philip G. “Phil” Harrison, 68, Naples, FL will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence.  He died June 29, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ.
He was born on June 11, 1943 in Kansas City, MO the son of Robert “Bob” and Martha Ann “Pauline” (Gill) Harrison.  
He moved from Lawrence six years ago to Naples, FL. 
Mr. Harrison graduated high school from Culver Military Academy in 1961 in Culver, IN.  In 1965 he received his bachelor’s degree in Government with a minor in Journalism from the University of Kansas.  He then received a Master’s degree from Indiana University in Government.
He began working as a teacher at Northwood Institute in Indiana and was the former Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University in Kokomo, IN.  He was also the Director of Development at Yankton College in Yankton, SD. He then returned to Lawrence in 1972 where he became the Vice President of Gill Real Estate Agency until the business was sold in 1995.                          
He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the KU fencing team, a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and received his pilot’s license in 1966. He was a member of the Noon Kiwanis Club, a member of the Lawrence Board of Realtors, and he organized and directed the Cessna Cardinal Club.  Phil served on the Culver Legion, the Alumni Association of the Culver Academies from 1999 through 2005, serving as its president during the last two years.  At the time of his death, he was a member of the Culver Educational Foundation.   
Phil married Elizabeth Jean “Beth” Lindsay on June 15, 1968 in Midland, MI.  She survives of the home.    
He is also survived by his father, Robert Harrison.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Plymouth Congregational Church or to the Culver Educational Foundation in Culver, IN and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 

25 Condolences

  1. James K Oppenheimer on July 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Your energy and love of Culver will be missed.

  2. George Parthemos on July 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm


    May his memory be eternal.

  3. Steve Ardussi on July 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Beth, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Phil was a passionate supporter and a tireless worker on behalf of Culver. He will be sorely missed for his enthusiasm. His classmates will not forget what he did for all of us.

  4. Roscoe C. Howard, Jr. on July 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Beth – – I was so saddened to learn of Phil’s death. I had just seen the both of you at reunion last spring, and as he always was, seemed chipper and in great spirits. I am so glad I got to know you and Phil while I was in Lawrence. Phil was a dear friend and I will miss him. Please let me know if there is ever anything that you need. Roscoe

  5. John Rademacher on July 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Joyce and I were very sorry and saddened to learn about Phil’s death. He set a great example(as you have) for us in his stalwart support of Culver and his classmates. If it is of any comfort, you and Phil’s father will be in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy,

  6. John Winnes on July 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Beth – Kauai will be a little less lively without Phil. I’ve always enjoyed your visits and hope that you will keep in touch. Aloha, JOhn

  7. Patti (Stultz) Winn on July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Beth, It was always a pleasure doing real estate business with Phil. He was a joy to be around. My heartfelt sympathy.

  8. Teah Weiss on July 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm


    My deepest sympathies are with you at this time of grieving. We are all lucky to have had people like you and Phil in our lives. You have blessed us all and touched many with your kindness and generosity. I have fond memories of sharing KU Music events with you both.

    Teah Weiss

  9. The Harry Spurrier Family on July 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Beth, My whole family is very sorry about your husband. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

  10. Bill & Renee Gleason on July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Beth – Please accept our deepest sympathy. Phil was a special friend, colleague and loyal alumnus of Culver. Although we last saw you and Phil at my 40th CMA reunion in 2004, Renee and I often talk about our long-standing friendship with you and Phil.

  11. Sheila Yale on July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Phil was the consummate gentleman who was always smiling and so positive. He will be missed by Culver people from our class (1961) and the entire Academy family. I will never forget riding with him in his convertible in the parade.

  12. Barb and Roger Phipps on July 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    May you find consolation in your years of memories and accumulation of dear friends, who care for you both. Phil will be missed as a friend since our first meeting in Kokomo over 40 years ago 🙂 Love to you, Beth!

  13. Pat & Mary Ross on July 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Phil was a true gentleman, and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.

  14. Kevin Markley on July 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Beth,My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. I very much enjoyed getting to know Phil and quickly learned what a great person as well as a great businessman.

  15. Mary Kay Karzas on July 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Friends from the CMA Class of ’61 have just donated a bench on campus in Phil’s memory.

  16. Bill & Mary Banfield on July 10, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Beth, Our thoughts are with you. Phil was a true Culver gentleman!

  17. Charlie (Tuna) Lewis on July 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Beth, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time
    Phil was always a Culver Man and gentleman; he will be missed by all……..

  18. mike hudson on July 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm


    Jerry and I were so sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. You two were both such special people to know and call friends. Phil’s cheerful smile will always be missed at Tuesday breakfasts!
    Beth, You will be in Jerry and my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Mike and Jerry Hudson

  19. David Toliver & Diana Perkinson on July 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Mrs. Harrison:

    We were very sorry to hear of
    Phil’s passing.

    What a bright engaging man.

    Let us know if we can do anything for you.

    David @ Diana

  20. Dena, Geraldine Southern Hamblen on July 11, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Beth, Mother(Jube,) Bob and I are so sorry to hear about Phil. We always enjoyed talking with him and looked forward to getting to know him better. A great loss for Surfsedge, and we will certainly miss seeing him in Naples. With heartfelt sympathy, our thoughts and prayers include you during this difficult time. Dena

  21. sam Dunlap on July 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Dear Beth,
    Our prayers and thoughts of admiration for Phil are sent to you. His participation in the Memorial Chapel service will remain as my personal reminder of his outstanding character.

  22. Bev & Pete Trone on July 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Beth: We were so happy to know Phil. Our meetings were always by chance. At our ROMEOS luncheons at Bass Lake, At I.U when I was in Bloomington on Summer School business, last winter at our Naples Maxinkuckee/Culver luncheon, more recently, at Krogers in Plymouth! We will miss him.

  23. Norman & Dee Wagner on July 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Beth,
    When we last saw you and Phil at his 50th C.M.A Class Reunion,sharing a meal and conversationtogether in the Woodcraft Dining Hall,we had no idea we would soon be sending you our condolences for Phil’s untimely loss.
    Despite his premature loss, he nonetheless made his lasting mark in life,being a true son of Culver Academies.
    Again,you and your family have our deepest sympathy.
    Most sincerely,
    Norm and Dee Wagner
    Retired C.M.A. Faculty

  24. Kamryn on July 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

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  25. Kim L. Nelson on September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    My Culver Alumnus Magazine arrived yesterday & read about Mr. Harrison. Mr. & Mrs. Phil Harrison and I attended a performance at the Lied Center of Hal Holbrook’ s Mark Twain Tonight several years ago. We got to meet Mr. Holbrook after the performance. All of us are Culver Military Academy alumni. With sympathy.

    Kim L. Nelson, NB1972
    Beloit, KS

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