Phillips Scholarship Draws Southwest Students to Wabash

Like her husband Harry ’65, Christine Phillips’ roots originate in eastern Pennsylvania, but the other side of the map has always held a special place in her heart.

“I love the southwest,” said Christine, who moved to Colorado as a child and now resides in Denver with Harry. “I’ve come to love it over the years, particularly Native American culture. I am just fascinated by the way of life in this area.

“I remember every summer my dad would send me and my sister back to Pennsylvania to stay with relatives,” she recalled. “I would show up wearing western clothes—blue jeans with little rhinestones—clothes that were popular for teens in Colorado, but unlike anything people had ever seen in Pennsylvania. That was the first time I really started understanding the importance of diversity, and that it’s good to have people from different parts of the country learning and growing together.”

Christine’s love for the southwest and passion for people has always been something Harry has admired about her.

Harry ’65 and Christine Phillips

The two first met when they were home in Pennsylvania visiting family. Harry had just finished his first year at Wabash as a political science major and Christine was preparing to study political science at DePauw University before later transferring to Indiana University.

“Hardly anybody from our hard-coal towns went to college, let alone went to an Indiana school, so it was quite a coincidence,” Harry said. “168体育平台下载_足球即时比分-注册|官网 then decided to meet up again in Indiana. One thing led to another and we eloped to the justice of the peace in Crawfordsville in March of my senior year and Chris’ junior year at IU.

“Professor of Mathematics Paul ’42 and Mary Lou Mielke helped give us a small reception and after the elopement, Political Science Professor Karl O'Lessker lent us his wife’s car for a honeymoon drive to the Holiday Inn