Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 8, Spring 2011

Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 8, Spring 2011

August 22, 2017

Our last newsletter began with a series of stories about the two sons of Doc and Della Phillips; Howard the eldest, and Walter the youngest. While both sons worked together for the Dr. Phillips companies for many years, Walter’s interest in the companies ended when Howard purchased his brother’s interest in 1948. Howard continued to lead the Dr. Phillips companies until his death in 1979. This begins his story.

Howard was born March 27, 1902, in Lebanon, Tennessee. His formative years were spent growing up in the family home on Lake Lucerne while attending school in what many longtime Central Florida residents will remember as the Beardall Park area. Throughout Howard’s early education Doc and Della enlisted in-residence, full-time French and music tutors to teach the cultural arts and humanities studies that were so important to them.

As Howard’s language skills and musical talents grew, he settled on the violin and was trained by Professor Newell who, at the time, conducted the orchestra in Central Florida. Later, as Howard continued showing proficiency on the violin, he was trained by Dr. Julia Allen who began the first Symphony Orchestra in Florida.

As a testament to Howard’s talent on the violin, he was asked to perform with the Symphony Orchestra and did so playing Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony.” Howard did this at such a young age that he was still wearing “knickers” at the time of his performance.

Continued on page 2  of Dr. Phillips Legacies: Enriching the Community with the Fruits of Our Labor, Volume 8, Spring 2011.

Listen to the Orange County Library System's oral history interview with Howard Phillips conducted February 22, 1975.

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part I (15:20)

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part II (15:33)

Dr. Phillips Legacies courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Foundation.


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