Philip Stephen Kelley, 68, died peacefully at home in Chiloquin, Oregon on July 28, 2008. Phil and his family lived in Mankato, Minnesota from 1972 until 1999.
Philip was born May 2, 1940, in Boulder Colorado, to Harley Harold Kelley and Shirley Siler Kelley. He graduated from high school in State College, PA, and then attended the University of Washington where he earned a B.S. degree in Oceanography. After serving three years in the Public Health Service he returned to the University of Washington where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography, specializing in Cartography.
He taught in the Geography Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for 27 years, retiring from teaching in 1999. While in Minnesota, Phil was active in the GIS/LIS Consortium and served on its Board for a number of years. He was also active in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
After volunteering for 3 summers at Crater Lake National Park, in 1999 he started a full time job as a Geographic Information Specialist at the park. He worked 5 years at Crater Lake and retired in 2006. Since retiring he has served on the Chiloquin Visions in Progress Board and volunteered at the Klamath Marsh Wildlife Refuge.
Phil had a wide range of interests in addition to maps and mapmaking. He was an amateur astronomer since he was a boy, enjoyed hiking and camping, became a birdwatcher in later years, was handy at woodworking and all types of home improvement, and loved many kinds of music from opera to Laurie Anderson. He appreciated fine wines and cheeses and participated in a wine tasting group for many years. He was especially fond of the mountains of the West and felt at home in Chiloquin. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, nothing was sacred, even death. In his years as a teacher he touched the lives of many students and they also have given to him in return.
Phil is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Bowen Kelley, and children Colin S. Kelley of Seattle, WA and Katherine A. Kelley of Wakefield, RI.