Philip Safford


Philip Safford, Ph.D., born July 3, 1935, passed away March 29, 2020, at the age of 84. 

He was the loving husband of Mary Jane (Thompson), cherished father of Beth Safford and her husband Robert Hayman of Stoneham, Massachusetts, and Lynne Wise and her husband Peter of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and loving grandfather of Jared (and his fiance Elly Newell), Karli, and Justin Wise and Megan and Kathleen Hayman. 

Phil was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Kent State University, and the University of Michigan. He was Emeritus Professor at Kent State and the recipient of the President’s Medal. In addition to his distinguished teaching career at Case Western University and Kent State University, he was the author of four textbooks. 

Phil was loved by all for his incredible kindness and optimism. In light of present limitations on gatherings, his family looks forward to holding a service honoring Phil at a later date.

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