Philip Charles Singer
September 6, 1942 - February 17, 2020
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Philip Charles Singer Ph.D, of Chapel Hill, NC succumbed to mesothelioma at age 77 at the Hock Family Pavilion surrounded by his loving family on February 17th, 2020. Phil is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ellen Becker Singer; children Naomi (Wayne), Elizabeth (Neal), Robert (Tina), and Jennifer (Lev); sister Dale Singer; and his…

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Benjamin Finnegan left a message on February 19, 2020:
I first met Phil when he came to the University of Illinois as a distinguished lecturer in the final year of my masters degree. I sat on the edge of my seat as he lectured on his career of research in the field of disinfection by-product formation and control. But beyond his landmark research was a man with a larger than life personality, who was profoundly down to earth and connected with people in a way that is rare. After leaving school I had the very fortunate opportunity to work with Phil on several consulting projects at CDM Smith. These included very diverse projects, from taste and odor control studies in the Midwest to disinfection by-product control studies in Israel. Phil's guidance helped me early in my career, particularly with writing technical reports. Upon reviewing of one of my reports he said "wow that was really hard to read, it must have been really hard to write." His criticism of course was constructive and he proceeded to offer me several guidance notes to improve my writing. One of my favorite stories of Phil was one he told that did not have to do with water treatment. As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, Phil got to meet Jackie Robinson. As the story goes, Phil waited outside the stadium until the players started coming out. He didn't see Jackie Robinson at first but caught a glimpse of him down the street and ran after him to get his autograph. As a baseball fan myself I was amazed by this baseball lore. I consider myself very fortunate to have been a student of Phil and will miss him very much. My thoughts are with his family.
Jean & Barrie Hurwitz left a message on February 18, 2020:
Our deepest sympathies to Ellen and family. Phil always had a bright and welcoming smile and kind words, and he will be sorely missed in our community.
Ralph Snyderman left a message on February 18, 2020:
Phil was a long term highly valued friend and a person of great substance and accomplishment. What I will always remember is his smile, affability and love for UNC basketball. We spent many years together lovingly watching our families develop and shared the affection for Beth El and all it stands for. I will truly miss Phil and extend my deepest condolences to Ellen and the family.
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