Bob Phillips trades radiology for relaxing retirement

By Almeda Girod
Resident Writer

BobPhillipsBob Phillips grew up in Chicago and later earned his Ph.D. in Radiation Protection from Northwestern University. He was exposed to art as a child through his mother, who painted in water colors and pastels. Her art work currently graces the walls of the Phillips’ Kings Court apartment.

The Phillips family, which included a younger brother as well as Bob, lived two blocks from Wrigley Field and they could see the scoreboard erected on a high flagpole from their home. Bob is a fan of the Cubs and has had a lifelong interest in baseball.

Bob was working at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York when he met Margaret, a nurse, on a blind date. The couple moved to the DC area when Bob assumed a role at the Bureau of Radiological Health with the FDA. He was branch chief for the group that sought approval for imaging devices, including MRI, ultrasound, and CT.

He has enjoyed photography since high school, first using a Brownie Kodak and then progressing to Nikon and Sony cameras. Bob has photographed landscapes as he and Margaret have toured many European countries. The computer has changed his approach to photography as he has progressed from a dark room in the bathroom of his bachelor apartment to computer creativity.

Bob also enjoys sailing, bridge, traveling, and fishing. He and Margaret began collecting art glass on their honeymoon 45 years ago and have many lovely pieces on display in their home.

Bob and Margaret moved to Riderwood from Laurel a year ago. Bob has always been community oriented and continues this tradition as he serves on the Riderwood Finance Committee.

Bob’s photography may be seen in the Arts Council exhibits.

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