Philip H. Wilson, 94, of Kingston, RI., died on Sunday, December 8, at South County Hospital after a brief illness. He was the loving husband for over 63 years of the late Rosemary W. Wilson.
Born in Washington. D.C., he was the son of Meredith C. and Mary Ethel Wilson.
He earned BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University, and did post-graduate work at the University of Colorado. He served as a US Army officer during World War II. He worked as an Extension agricultural engineer while living in Oswego and Ithaca, New York. He joined the faculty of the University of Rhode Island in 1955, and taught mechanized agriculture, landscape design, and home grounds, retiring in 1984. He was a qualified fallout shelter analyst and instructor, teaching architects and engineers. In 1963 he was a member of the first Agricultural Engineers People-to-People Delegation to Europe and Russia.
An avid gardener, bridge player, furniture refinisher, and photographer, he was active at various times in many national and local associations, including the Tavern Hall Club and the Kingston Improvement Association, for which he taught woodworking classes for children. Until recent years he spent part of every year at his family's Bicentennial Farm in Washington County, New York.
After his retirement in 1984, he and his beloved wife and enthusiastic traveling companion Rosemary traveled extensively, visiting China, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and most of Europe. Together they took the Orient Express from London to Istanbul and the Trans-Siberian Railway from London to Hong Kong. They swam with sea lions in Mexico. Their favorite place to visit was France, especially Paris.
He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis W. Wilhelm and her husband Alexander of Sarasota, Florida, and Center Lovell, Maine; and two sons, D. Douglas Wilson and his wife Jessica of Narragansett, and Stephen R. Wilson and his wife Debra, of Charlestown; four grandchildren, Carol Knauff (husband Michael) of Belmont, Mass., Elizabeth Boucher (husband Nicolas) of Ecaussinnes, Belgium; Jacquelynn Wilson of Richmond, and Philip Wilson of West Virginia; and two great-grandchildren, Meredith Knauff and James Boucher. He was the brother of the late Meredith C. Wilson, Jr. and Donald L. Wilson.
A memorial service will be held at the Avery Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia St., Wakefield, RI, on Sunday, December 22, 2:30 PM. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to South County Hospital, 100 Kenyon Ave., Wakefield RI 02879.