Campus Learns of Phil Bayless’ Passing

July 22, 2015

Emeritus Chemistry Prof Was Member of Campus Community for 60-Plus Years

The campus was saddened to learn of the passing of Philip L. Bayless, emeritus professor of chemistry and a member of the campus community for more than 60 years.

Bayless, 87, died Monday (July 20) at home surrounded by his family and in care of Hospice of Dayton.

(LEFT) Phil Bayless is pictured with his wife, Barbara.

He joined the faculty in 1954 and chaired the Chemistry Dept. until his retirement in 1988. In retirement, he and his wife, Barbara, traveled extensively and frequently attended College events.

In fact, he participated in the Quaker Emeriti Medallion Ceremony, during Alumni Reunion Weekend in June, which recognized members of the Class of 1965 upon the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

A native of Indiana, Bayless earned his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters (Margaret, Elaine and Jean) and their families. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Wilmington College or Hospice of Dayton.

Per his wishes, arrangements have been made with The Ohio State University College of Medicine for an anatomical gift. The family is planning a memorial service Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., in the McCoy Room of KellyCenter at WC. Littleton Funeral Home of Wilmington is assisting with arrangements.