Dr. Malcolm "Dudley" Phillips, a family physician in Darlington for more than five decades, died of congestive heart failure Friday night at his home in Forest Hill. He was 86.
Dr. Phillips was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., but spent much of his childhood in Baltimore. He graduated from St. Paul's School in 1939, and Houghton College in New York, his family said.
He helped pay for his tuition at the University of Maryland School of Medicine by working nights at Bethlehem Steel, according to relatives.
Dr. Phillips finished his residency at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace in 1947, and later that year he opened his family practice in Darlington, said one of his sons, Jay Phillips of Fort Myers, Fla.
He delivered more than 2,000 babies in Harford County before retiring in 2000, said Jay Phillips, who recalls his father being called in the middle of the night.
During Darlington's 1992 Apple Festival, Dr. Phillips was named the town's "VIP."
"He was an old-style country doctor," his son said. "He was a very loved man."
Dr. C. Earl Hill, another family doctor in the area, described him as a very knowledgeable physician with a subtle sense of humor.
"He had this slight wit," said Dr. Hill, who met Dr. Phillips during a bus trip to inspect an Indianapolis pharmaceutical company. "I felt right then that this was the type of person I wanted to know and emulate, really. He was very kind and thoughtful."
In addition to membership in the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Phillips served on various medical associations boards, including the Harford County Tuberculosis Medical Advisory Board and Northern Maryland ARC.
He was also one of the founders of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Department.
After retirement, Dr. Phillips and his wife of 43 years, the former Margaret "Peggy" Anderson, lived in Fort Myers part of the year.
Dr. Phillips was a member of the Darlington United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his dogs, reading mysteries, and listening to big-band and swing music.
The ashes of his black Labrador retriever, Cleo, will be buried with him, said Jay Phillips.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Evangelical Methodist Church, 1736 Whiteford Road in Darlington.
Dr. Phillips is survived by another son, Neal W. Phillips of Philadelphia; daughters Diane Dudley Stevens of Dundalk, Cheryl Daughaday Leoford of Maggie Valley, N.C., and Rachel Phillips Muenzer, of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Two children, Paul Marlin Phillips and Marcia Louise Phillips, preceded him in death.