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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 13, Summer 2015

The Tampa Daily Times, Saturday, April 8, 1939,

Dr. Phillips Co. Stands for American Ideals, Free Institutions and Endeavor: Efficiency of Operation, Welfare of Employes Part of Firm’s Policy

Striking proof that “The American Way” is the best way can be found in the widespread and diverse operations of the Dr. P. Phillips Co. at Orlando. The Dr. Phillips Company is an organization which in itself typifies efficiency from the beginning to the end of its operations, yet spares...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 12, Spring 2015

Our last newsletter concluded with an overview of the beginnings of the planned community now known as the prestigious Dr. Phillips area. The development of Bay Hill on land owned by Dr. Phillips was the first implementation of the master “ land use “ planning that had been completed in the middle 1950’s. Prior to that time, the Dr. Phillips area consisted primarily of orange groves.

With the residential growth of the Dr. Phillips area, Dr. Phillips understood that a comprehensive...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 11, Spring 2013

The planned development of the Dr. Phillips Community came about as a direct result of initiatives taken by Dr. Phillips. In the early 1950s, the concept of zoning or long-range land planning was almost non-existent in Central Florida. It was during this timeframe that Dr. Phillips initiated the creation of a “master plan” for the community of Dr. Phillips.

Dr. Phillips envisioned this community to be a first-class, full-service community where residents could live, work and play;...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 10, Spring 2012

As was concluded in the last Legacy article, after more than 60 years as a pioneer and leader in the citrus industry, Dr. Phillips sold the agricultural portion of his business to Minute Maid in 1954. Only the properties dedicated to the citrus business were included in the sale; all other properties were retained. He then directed that these remaining properties, if suitable for such use, be developed into commercial and industrial real estate investments. After the sale was concluded, Dr....

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 9, Fall 2011

We concluded the last issue of Legacies with Howard Phillips having graduated from Harvard and contemplating his future. Before him stood a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to manage the prestigious New York Theater Guild, as well as an opportunity to join his father in the citrus business. Howard’s love of the performing arts and his strong family commitments made this a very difficult  decision, but in the end Howard chose to return to Orlando to join his father’s business.

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 8, Spring 2011

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...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 7, Spring 2010

Two Brothers: Howard and Walter Phillips’ Roles in the Dr. Phillips Legacy Doc and Della Phillips had two sons – Howard and Walter. We will follow the lives of these two brothers in a series of articles in this and future issues, covering their personal interests and their involvement in the growth of the family business.

Howard was born on March 27, 1902, in Lebanon, Tennessee; Walter, on November 27, 1905, in Kissimmee, Florida. In 1907, the family moved from Osceola County to Lake...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 6, Fall 2009

Dr. Phillips Area — the First Master-Planned Community in Central Florida The past five issues of Legacies have detailed the history of Doc Phillips’ citrus empire, the family’s love of the arts and its wise transition to commercial real estate.The income from Dr. Phillips Charities’ real estate and other investments today is used to provide funding and support to numerous nonprofit organizations in the local community, serving the needs of tens of thousands of children and families annually...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 5, Spring 2009

As a citrus pioneer, Doc Phillips quickly came to understand that the citrus industry was very cyclical. Part of the year was hectic with the demands of the industry including planting and harvesting and part was very slow. As a result, good employees who were kept on staff during the busy times were let go during the slow times. Doc recognized that he was losing talented people during these downturns and was determined to find a way to keep them employed all year.

Doc decided to...

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1 month 3 weeks ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 4, Fall 2008

When Doc Phillips first arrived in Central Florida, it’s hard to imagine that he could have foreseen the tremendous success he would enjoy in the citrus business. Rising above the hardships imposed by Florida’s fickle weather and by a country enduring the Great Depression and World Wars, Doc Phillips persevered.

Through hard work and a keen instinct for business, Doc Phillips and his son, Howard, became leaders of the citrus business in the state of Florida. Seeing there was a larger...

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