Dr. Joe M. Phillips Jr. MD '51 - December 2018

I was born in 1937 and lived in Miami my entire life until I left for Atlanta, Georgia where I began my college education at Emory University. I decided to stay at Emory to pursue my medical degree, and after graduating from Emory’s medical program, I served three years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon.
  1. Name: Dr. Joe M. Phillips Jr. MD
  1. Class Year: 1951
  1. College/University (If applicable): BA, Emory University (1959), Emory University School of Medicine MD degree (1963), Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital Ob/Gyn Residency Program (1969)
  1. Short Bio (In 150 words OR LESS, please describe what you’ve done since graduating from MCDS):
I was born in 1937 and lived in Miami my entire life until I left for Atlanta, Georgia where I began my college education at Emory University. I decided to stay at Emory to pursue my medical degree, and after graduating from Emory’s medical program, I served three years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon. After completing my specialty training, I entered a private practice in Marietta, Georgia and had a wonderful career for over forty years. Upon retirement several years ago, I began my second career as an Attending Physician in Cardiac Rehabilitation which continues today. Now, I am busier than ever and stay active by writing, mentoring, teaching, lecturing, woodworking, and farming. Although, I always have plenty of time for my spiritual life, grandchildren and fishing.

  1. Please share one of your favorite moments, experiences, or memories from your time at Miami Country Day.
When I was at Miami Country Day School it was an all-boys boarding school, which meant there was an emphasis on regiment and discipline. However, Country Day also promoted a reasonable and purposeful atmosphere of peer accountability, academic excellence fostered by individual attention, a genuine interest of teachers in regards to their students’ success, and a positive environment in which developing an attitude for the importance of education became part of a fulfilling life.

  1. What is one experience from MCDS that you’ve taken with you and have referred back to as a resource or guide in your adult life?
Learning the technique of good study habits, and recognizing how learning is an important and inevitable tool used throughout one’s entire life journey. I have come to realize that the learning experience is fulfilling and essential to our growth and maturity.

  1. What advice would you offer future MCDS alumni?
Enjoy and embrace your good fortune to be a student at MCDS, and you will be well prepared to meet the challenges of your life experiences no matter what marvelous challenges lie ahead.    
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