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Richard N. Philp

Catskill, NY

December 1, 2022

Richard N. Philp Obituary

Richard N Philp 1943 - 2022

This long time resident of Catskill succumbed to complications of a stroke, pneumonia with sepsis and an acute Covid infection. Richard was predeceased by his partner/husband David O Herman.

Richard grew up in New Jersey and Florida and he graduated from University of North Carolina with a BA cum laude in English and theater. Then on a merit scholarship

he received an MFA from Yale University in theater, literature and playwriting.

Richard, after years of reporting, became editor in chief of Dance Magazine and he took the subscribed readership from 80,000 to 400,000 during his tenure. He has lectured at many academic institutions including Yale, Princeton, Fordham, Julliard and universities of Utah and Montana.

Richard was historian for Town of Catskill and for Catskill Village. He has authored eight books including "History of Catskill" and "The Male in Ballet" concerning dance and groundbreaking writings on dance as medical therapy.

Richard and David were docents for many years at Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole's home in Catskill. 

He gave large donations for many years to the Beattie House and Cedar Grove historical sites in Catskill. His philanthropy also extended to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Institution in Becket, Massachusetts where there is a Philp collection of his own writings on dance along with many dance books from his personal library.

Richard was an avid beekeeper and was a member of bee associations in New York and England.

Richard's ashes will be interred with those of his husband David and those of his beloved cats and dogs.

Donations in Richard's honor may be made to the Beattie Powers House in Catskill, New York or Jacob's Pillow Dance Center in Becket, Massachusetts or the Humane Society of the US.

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