Phil sat next to me in one of my first classes. He would share the school notices with me and made me feel like part of the school. Even at 19, he was gracious, warm and was there to make introductions.
My favorite line from PMIII was when he said "Cleary, you like to have people think you do not work that hard, but it is a like duck paddling! Massive activity behind the scenes. smooth on top. I call that studied nonchalance."
A mutual friend and fellow Cornell Glee Club alumnus, Mike Newman, recruited Phil to crew for me Sunday afternoon in PHRF sailing races on Cayuga Lake. It was immediately obvious that he needed little training. Sailor was just one of many hats Phil wore well.
His ability to remember people, names and situations was phenomenally impressive and was what I believe set him so much apart: he was genuinely interested in others and loved to make connections and introductions for others in a very unselfish way.