Biography of James M. Phillips
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





James McIlvaine Phillips, M. D. - A member of the medical profession distinguished by more than thirty years of service by abilities of the highest order, Doctor Phillips, who lives retired from professional duties at Galloway, is among the representative citizens of Franklin County. He was born at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, August 5, 1874, the son of Dr. Ellis and Ada (McIlvaine) Phillips.

Dr. Ellis Phillips, who was born in 1844, was born in Pennsylvania, and engaged in the practice of medicine at Connellsville for many years with exceptional ability and honor, and later at Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1906 he came to Columbus, where he lived practically retired until his death in 1925. His wife died June 30, 1930. To Doctor Ellis and Ada (McIlvaine) Phillips four children were born: Ada, deceased, was the wife of Guy R. Ramsey; Dr. James McIlvaine, the subject of this sketch; Ellsa, deceased; and Arthur, an electrical engineer, Rochester, New York.

James McIlvaine Phillips began his early education in the public schools of Connellsville, Pennsylvania. He later pursued his studies at Trinity Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, supplemented by a two year course in biology. In 1894 he entered the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a course in that excellent institution, in 1898. He served as resident physician in the Municipal Hospital at Philadelphia for two years. In 1900 he went abroad to further his medical studies and spent six months in London, England. In 1901 he came to Columbus, Ohio, and established his practice. He also found time to lecture at the Starling Medical College. In 1907 he became identified with Ohio State University as an instructor in pathology, until 1911, when he abandoned his teaching to devote his attention wholly to immunology. He continued in this science until 1929, when his eyesight being impaired, he decided to retire from active practice.

Doctor Phillips removed with his family to his country estate of 204 acres which is located eight miles west of Columbus on the National Highway, near Alton. Here he gives his time and attention to farming and dogs. His one great hobby in life has been dogs, and on his farm are to be found the finest strain of Cocker Spaniels in the country. He has raised nine champion Cocker Spaniels, and enters his dogs in from three to four dog shows throughout the United States each year. He has written many articles pertaining to dogs, one dealing especially with the inheritance of color in Cocker Spaniels. In connection with his medical practice he has done a great deal of experimental work, making a special study of the subject of rabies, and his method of treatment for such cases is now being used in the Pasteur Institutes of Germany and in South Africa. Another outstanding feature of his work has been the adoption of intubation work throughout the centraI regions of Ohio. In a surgical sense this means the introduction of a tube into the epiglottis to keep the latter open into the larnyx through the glottis.

Doctor Phillips married on December 20, 1905, Miss Jane Jordan of Columbus, a daughter of Judge Jackson A. and Agnes (Gill) Jordan. Judge Jordan served on the Supreme Bench at Dayton, Ohio, and was a well known attorney of Dayton, Ohio. He died in Cincinnati. The Jordan and Gill families were prominent throughout Ohio. To Doctor and Mrs. Phillips one child was born, Jeanne Bradford Phillips, who graduated from Ohio State University in 1927 with the degree of B. A. in Architecture, receiving the highest honors in a class of 1,500. Miss Phillips is now a student of Fine Arts in the University of New York.

Doctor Phillips is a member of the American Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Society, and Franklin County Medical Society. In politics he is an independent Republican and a member of the Grange at Alton. Doctor and Mrs. Phillips are members of the Episcopal Church.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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