Philip K. Eckman

October 25, 1931 - January 30, 2015
Philip K. Eckman

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Philip K. Eckman died at the age of 83 on January 30, 2015 in Williamsburg, VA. Born in 1931 in Allentown, PA, he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Carnegie Tech where he earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he moved to Pasadena, California to work for Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. He worked at JPL for 27 years, with a hiatus of 18 months in 1967 to work for the National Aeronautics & Space Council in Washington, DC and a 12-year period when he served as Director of Research and Development for the CIA. In 1989, he returned to JPL in Pasadena where he worked until he retired in 1998. Upon retirement, he relocated to Williamsburg, VA.

He always had a twinkle in his eye and a wry sense of humor with words and song. His joys in life included hiking, skiing, sailing, collecting wine and art, and playing the piano. He had a life-long love of music that was instilled from an early age by his mother who was a piano teacher. He enjoyed many adventures with his wife, traveling off-the-beaten path throughout Western and Eastern Europe, as well as savoring the beauty of America. He was a member of Alpha Tao Omega, CIRA, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Mountain Dancers.

He was predeceased by his father Donald K. Eckman, mother Esther K. Myers, and son-in-law Russell L. Davis. He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Helen Landzaat Eckman; daughters Anne K. Eckman (David), Elizabeth S. Eckman; son Paul G. Eckman; and step-daughter Tessa Jordan (Thomas). Also, by his four grandchildren Ryan, Trevor and Hope Jordan, and John Keeley Davis.

Phil was lovingly cared for by the staff of Spring Arbor of Williamsburg and the devoted team of Hospice Community Care of Newport News. According to Philís wishes, no memorial services will be held and his body will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Philís memory to Doctors without Borders.

ìTo live in the heart of those you love is not to die.î

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  • March 09, 2015
    Francis X. Archibald, Sr. says:
    His service is appreciated. I am sorry i was not privileged to know him personally.

  • July 06, 2015
    Dr Price Kagey says:
    I served IN ORD with Phil from 08/81 until 11/84. He was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed our interactions - Phil had an engaging sense of humor. Thanks to Phil's efforts I was promoted to SIS during my time in ORD.