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David Kyle Phillips

Obituary for David Kyle Phillips

October 31, 1935 - December 6, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 82


David Kyle Phillips, father, grandfather and friend died December 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas, after a long illness. He was born October 31, 1935 in Dallas, Texas to Earnest Earl and Edra Ann Phillips.

Mr. Phillips graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and Jesuit High School in Dallas. A lifetime athlete, Mr. Phillips played high school basketball for 3 years and was the co-captain of the basketball team for the 1952-'53 season and a member of the all-tournament team in the Dr. Pepper tournament during the same year. He was a member of the Jesuit's first tennis team in 1953 and was a lifetime tennis player.

In 1957, he received his BSEE from Saint Louis University where he was a diver for the varsity swim team for 3 years. He won a Hughes scholarship to further his studies at the University of Southern California where he received his MSEE in 1959.

His career included work at Operations Research, Inc., where he evaluated the guidance and navigation (G &N) systems of the Navy's Poseidon missile; Hughes Aircraft Company, where he taught classes in transistor circuitry and published papers on guidance systems and circuitry in Electronics, Electronics Designs, and the GN&C Journal of the AIAA. He began work at Space Technology Labs (changed to TRW and now part of Northrup Grumman Corp.) from which he retired after 30 years of service. Mr. Phillips worked on the NASA Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station programs, the G & N systems of the Air Force Falcon Air-to-Missile, and the design of the G & N of Minuteman III missiles, in addition to Mission Planning for the Minuteman II. In 1987, he transferred to the TRW office in Huntsville, Al, where his chief responsibility was to manage and support proposals for NASA programs including the Ground Software for the Control Center for the AXAF, which was won by the TRW team. In addition, he worked on real-rime simulation of the Star Wars system for the Army, identifying areas in the system that required advanced technology before the Star Wars system would be practical. He served as department Manager for 13 years.

Mr. Phillips made significant contributions as a volunteer. In Texas, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Nassau Bay, Texas, volunteer fire department for 12 years. While living in Huntsville, he volunteered as a counselor for Helpline for 4 years and represented that agency as a Loan Executive to the United Way Fundraising Program.

His marriages to Aleida Fredrickon (1961-1991) and Judy Taylor (2000-2003) ended in divorce.

He leaves his three sons, Dr. David L. Phillips and his wife Sara Jamison, and their children Beck and Dawson, from Austin, Texas; Dr. Michael F. Phillips and his wife, Sue and their children, Caroline and Robert, Austin, Texas; and Kyle W. Phillips Esq. from Houston, Texas.

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