About Bill Phillips and the Memorial Fund
A Cleveland native, Bill Phillips grew up with a love of the outdoors and sports. After a successful career as a student-athlete at the University of Evansville, Bill went on to attend graduate school in England at the University of Oxford and later earned his law degree from Georgetown. Bill’s love of the outdoors led him first to Alaska, where he started his commercial fishing business. A job with Senator Ted Stevens brought Bill to Washington, where he would eventually meet his wife Janet, and raise the couple’s four boys: Andrew, Colter, Paul and Willy.
After leaving the Senator’s staff, Bill remained close with Stevens and involved in the world of politics. Although he had an extremely successful career, his biggest passion was his family. His three oldest sons followed in their father’s footsteps to play college football: Andrew at Stanford, Colter at Virginia and Paul at Indiana. Willy enters his junior year at Georgetown Prep this fall.
In the wake of his death in a tragic plane crash in Alaska, Bill’s family established the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund (formerly the College Athlete Emergency Assistance Fund). The Fund offers an opportunity for those who wish to honor Bill to contribute to a worthy cause in his name. The funds raised are used to offer assistance to collegiate scholar-athletes, members of the military and others affected by tragic circumstances or challenges.