Douglass Martin "Doug" Phillips of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 23rd in Rex Hospital following a brief illness. He was born at home on September 19, 1929 in Coral Gables, FL and was the fourth and youngest child of W. Keith Phillips and Marguerite Douglass Phillips. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1950 and after a brief three-year stint with his family’s insurance agency; he headed out on a 15-year career with Allstate Insurance that took him from St. Petersburg, FL (where all three of his children were born) to Jacksonville, FL and finally Houston, TX.
In 1969, Doug moved the family to Charlotte after accepting a position with First Union Bank to start an insurance agency based with the growing bank. He stayed with the First Union in various roles as President of both Tryon Management Company and Courier Express Corporation until his departure in 1976. He was brought to Raleigh by the North Carolina Medical Society with a wild scheme to start a physician-owned medical liability insurance company after the two largest insurers in the state threatened to stop writing insurance for doctors. They named the nascent company Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina or MMICNC for short. Later shortened to Medical Mutual, he led the company from its inception through twenty years of tremendous growth until 1995 when he retired.
During his free time in Charlotte, Doug served as President of Carolinas’ Carrousel, Vice-President of Charlotte Sales and Marketing Executives, and served on the Boards of the Mecklenburg Kiwanis Club and Carmel Country Club. After moving to Raleigh he served as President and Board Member at North Ridge Country Club and was the President of the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA).
In his leisure time, Doug was an accomplished golfer and travelled the world following that passion. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his encyclopedic repertoire of jokes and cocktail recipes. He never met a stranger and enjoyed the company of everyone he had the pleasure of meeting.
Doug is survived by his brother Keith of Homestead, FL, his children Nena Boon and husband, Rick of Mint Hill, NC; Douglass Phillips Jr. and his wife Barbara McFadyen of Chapel Hill, NC; and Lynnea Phillips of Charlotte, NC. In addition he is survived by Doug Jr’s children Alexandra Phillips and Olivia Phillips and Barbara’s children Rachel Foust and Ryan McFadyen and their spouses and children. He also leaves behind the loving friendship and regular companionship of Carol Bottiglier of Raleigh, NC.
A remembrance service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 29th at the Springmoor Retirement Community auditorium at 1500 Sawmill Road in Raleigh, NC. A reception will follow at North Ridge Country Club located at 6612 Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke ABMT (noting “Myeloma Research” on the subject line), P.O. Box 3961, Durham, NC 27710.