Robert W. Phillips
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Robert W. Phillips (Bob) was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1929. He was an unmotivated student and after an unremarkable education through high school in Peoria he spent several lackadaisical years at Bradley and Kansas State Universities. In June of 1950 he opted for a change in venue and moved to Montana to work on a cattle ranch. He arrived in June of 1950. The Korean conflict began that August. He was near the top of the potential draftee list and was soon inducted into the infantry. After basic training he was sent to Leadership School, then selected for Officers Candidate School which he completed in Fort Benning, Georgia. Second Lt. Phillips spent three months learning to be an officer at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, and was then shipped to Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska,, as a part of the 4th Regimental Combat team providing ground support for that facility. When hostilities in Korea abated he was discharged, returned to Montana, and purchased a small ranch with his brother. At age 24 he was still not interested in the world of science and Physiology. It just wasn’t in his cultural background. Both of his parents were from small rural farms in central Illinois, with no background in scientific disciplines. His father was an attorney.