|Clinton Woodward Phillips
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 8:10 PM
Clinton W. Phillips, 91, a mechanical engineer for what became the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, died Oct. 13 at the Riderwood Village
retirement community in Silver Spring. He had congestive heart failure.
Mr. Phillips joined the old National Bureau of Standards in 1942 and, early
on, lost his left eye in a lab accident.
He started out in refrigeration and developed an expertise in energy use in
large mechanical systems.
According to his family, he became an authority on refrigerated transport. His
work on standards development for refrigerated interchangeable containers -
among trucks, trailers, airplanes and ships - was important to the frozen-food
He retired from NIST in 1982 and became an engineering consultant. He
worked with industry groups to develop more energy-efficient, large-scale
combined heating, cooling and power systems on college campuses and in
He was a past president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Clinton Woodward Phillips was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the
old Central High School.
As a teenager, he was a leader at Boy Scout Camp Roosevelt at Chesapeake
Beach, Md., and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He later was a motorcycle
He moved to Riderwood Village from Olney in 2001. At the retirement
community, he was active in the wood shop.
He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville.
His first wife, Ethel Lynch Phillips, died in 1981.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Mary Jane Orloski Phillips of
Riderwood Village; two sons from his first marriage, James W. Phillips of
Champaign, Ill., and Stephen T. Phillips of Owings, Md.; four grandsons; and
- Adam Bernstein