Dr. Philip R. Schmidt

My senior year as a history major at Southwestern College, Winfield, KS, a new doctoral-candidate history instructor joined the faculty. Over the years Phil Schmidt earned his Ph.D. and eventually become chairman of the department.

Many visits to the campus I managed to see Phil, often in his office stacked floor to ceiling with leaning towers of books to be read. We’d chat about books and politics.

Phil died Friday at age 72, still a professor at the school he’d joined almost a half century earlier.

The college has a retrospective slideshow on their website: here.

He’ll be missed.