In memory of
Philip M. Margolis M.D.
In memory of
Philip M. Margolis M.D.
Margolis, Philip M., M.D. 7/7/1925 - 10/15/2020 Ann Arbor Dr. Phil Margolis was born in Lima, Ohio and moved to St. Paul Minnesota at the age of 3 months. He was the oldest of two sons to Harry Sterling Margolis, a long serving Rabbi and his mother, Clara Brunner Margolis. Phil attended St. Paul Academy, excelling in academics and sports, primarily baseball. He attended the University of Minnesota, receiving both his bachelors and medical degrees. He did his residency in psychiatry at the Veterans Administration and was a research fellow at Harvard University. After teaching at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Margolis accepted a position at the University of Chicago, as Chief of the Psychiatric Inpatient Service. He also served as a consultant to the Chicago Police Department and as a Senior Psychiatric Consultant to the US Peace Corps. In 1966 Dr. Margolis moved his family to Ann Arbor to become the founding Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Later Dr. Margolis became the Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, and Director of the Forensic Psychiatric Program. After serving the University community for over 50 years, Dr. Margolis was awarded Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry by the Regents of the University of Michigan. He continued to consult and serve patients into his 90th year. Dr. Margolis' history of public service to both local and national professional organizations is long and varied. He served on the Board of Trustees, Secretary and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; President of the Senior Psychiatrists of the APA; President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of Psychiatry and the Law; Board Member of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. He was an influential leader of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, serving as president and holding many committee chairmanships. Last year the Michigan Psychiatric Society recognized Dr. Margolis' extraordinary contributions to the state's mental health by establishing the Philip M. Margolis, MD Achievement Award, presented annually to those making outstanding contributions and showing dedication to the MPS. Locally Dr. Margolis served as President of the Washtenaw County Medical Society, was on the University of Michigan Civil Liberties Board and the University Senate Advisory Committee of University Affairs . He worked for decades with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office and attorneys around the state offering his highly sought after expertise in forensic psychiatry and the law. He was known as a formidable but unflappable expert witness in front of the jury. Dr. Margolis was among the founders of Temple Beth Emeth and a half-century member of the Racquet Club, both in Ann Arbor. Dr. Margolis was the founder and chair of the Ethics Committee at the University of Michigan and created the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine in 1996. Dr. Margolis took pride in honoring his mentor by featuring national experts on ethics and values in medicine. He and his wife Nancy hosted the speakers, inviting them into their home and managing the annual lectureship for 22 years. Dr. Margolis was also a devoted football fan of the University of Michigan and the Minnesota Vikings. One of his pastimes included sending letters to the various head coaches of his favorite teams offering sage advice on how they could produce better winning seasons! He was an inspirational youth baseball coach for his sons' teams giving legendary pep talks before each game. Dr. Margolis enjoyed doing NY Times crosswords, attending the symphony, dancing with Nancy, watching old movies and cheering along to college fight songs. He loved his family most, his work and students next. Dinner times and Sunday brunches were family and friend priorities. All were welcome in his home. Phil Margolis was the compassionate consummate psychiatrist, who spent his life seeking to better our mental health systems, training its practitioners, and improving his patients' mental health. He was the cool nerd with a quick wit and disarming sense of humor. He had a gift for gab, and was known for writing long winded but hilarious and very 'punny' poems. Dr. Margolis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Nupuf Margolis, whom he met on a blind date while in Chicago, announcing that same night that they would marry. And they did marry on July 26, 1959. Phil and Nancy had four children, Cynthia, Marc (Liz Nowland-Margolis) of Ann Arbor, David (Susan Exposito Margolis) of Portland, OR and Laurence (Haley Lee Margolis) of Ann Arbor, grandchildren, Taylor (Allison Vial Margolis), Nicholas, Jackson (Ann Arbor), Levi, Isaac (Portland, OR), Sarah Ashley, Hannah Ruth and Joseph (Ann Arbor). He is also survived by his brothers-in law Dr. Michael (Edith) Nupuf (Oswego, NY) and Dr. Robert Nupuf (Los Angeles, CA) sister-in-law Diane Margolis (Boston, MA) as well as nephews, cousins and many close family friends. Dr. Margolis was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia, parents, brother Richard, in-laws Dr. Joseph and Ruth Nupuf, and brother-in-law Richard Nupuf. Burial arranged by Muehlig Funeral Home with a family only graveside service at Arborcrest Memorial Park. For those wishing to donate in Dr. Margolis' memory the family suggests Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 S. State St., Ste.200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship, Department of Psychiatry, 1000 S. State St. Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. Muehlig Funeral Home
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In memory of
Philip M. Margolis M.D.
Margolis, Philip M., M.D. 7/7/1925 - 10/15/2020 Ann Arbor Dr. Phil Margolis was born in Lima, Ohio and moved to St. Paul Minnesota at the age of 3 months. He was the oldest of two sons to Harry Sterling Margolis, a long serving Rabbi and his mother, Clara Brunner Margolis. Phil attended St. Paul Academy, excelling in academics and sports, primarily baseball. He attended the University of Minnesota, receiving both his bachelors and medical degrees. He did his residency in psychiatry at the Veterans Administration and was a research fellow at Harvard University. After teaching at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Margolis accepted a position at the University of Chicago, as Chief of the Psychiatric Inpatient Service. He also served as a consultant to the Chicago Police Department and as a Senior Psychiatric Consultant to the US Peace Corps. In 1966 Dr. Margolis moved his family to Ann Arbor to become the founding Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Later Dr. Margolis became the Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, and Director of the Forensic Psychiatric Program. After serving the University community for over 50 years, Dr. Margolis was awarded Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry by the Regents of the University of Michigan. He continued to consult and serve patients into his 90th year. Dr. Margolis' history of public service to both local and national professional organizations is long and varied. He served on the Board of Trustees, Secretary and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; President of the Senior Psychiatrists of the APA; President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Association of Psychiatry and the Law; Board Member of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. He was an influential leader of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, serving as president and holding many committee chairmanships. Last year the Michigan Psychiatric Society recognized Dr. Margolis' extraordinary contributions to the state's mental health by establishing the Philip M. Margolis, MD Achievement Award, presented annually to those making outstanding contributions and showing dedication to the MPS. Locally Dr. Margolis served as President of the Washtenaw County Medical Society, was on the University of Michigan Civil Liberties Board and the University Senate Advisory Committee of University Affairs . He worked for decades with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office and attorneys around the state offering his highly sought after expertise in forensic psychiatry and the law. He was known as a formidable but unflappable expert witness in front of the jury. Dr. Margolis was among the founders of Temple Beth Emeth and a half-century member of the Racquet Club, both in Ann Arbor. Dr. Margolis was the founder and chair of the Ethics Committee at the University of Michigan and created the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine in 1996. Dr. Margolis took pride in honoring his mentor by featuring national experts on ethics and values in medicine. He and his wife Nancy hosted the speakers, inviting them into their home and managing the annual lectureship for 22 years. Dr. Margolis was also a devoted football fan of the University of Michigan and the Minnesota Vikings. One of his pastimes included sending letters to the various head coaches of his favorite teams offering sage advice on how they could produce better winning seasons! He was an inspirational youth baseball coach for his sons' teams giving legendary pep talks before each game. Dr. Margolis enjoyed doing NY Times crosswords, attending the symphony, dancing with Nancy, watching old movies and cheering along to college fight songs. He loved his family most, his work and students next. Dinner times and Sunday brunches were family and friend priorities. All were welcome in his home. Phil Margolis was the compassionate consummate psychiatrist, who spent his life seeking to better our mental health systems, training its practitioners, and improving his patients' mental health. He was the cool nerd with a quick wit and disarming sense of humor. He had a gift for gab, and was known for writing long winded but hilarious and very 'punny' poems. Dr. Margolis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Nupuf Margolis, whom he met on a blind date while in Chicago, announcing that same night that they would marry. And they did marry on July 26, 1959. Phil and Nancy had four children, Cynthia, Marc (Liz Nowland-Margolis) of Ann Arbor, David (Susan Exposito Margolis) of Portland, OR and Laurence (Haley Lee Margolis) of Ann Arbor, grandchildren, Taylor (Allison Vial Margolis), Nicholas, Jackson (Ann Arbor), Levi, Isaac (Portland, OR), Sarah Ashley, Hannah Ruth and Joseph (Ann Arbor). He is also survived by his brothers-in law Dr. Michael (Edith) Nupuf (Oswego, NY) and Dr. Robert Nupuf (Los Angeles, CA) sister-in-law Diane Margolis (Boston, MA) as well as nephews, cousins and many close family friends. Dr. Margolis was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia, parents, brother Richard, in-laws Dr. Joseph and Ruth Nupuf, and brother-in-law Richard Nupuf. Burial arranged by Muehlig Funeral Home with a family only graveside service at Arborcrest Memorial Park. For those wishing to donate in Dr. Margolis' memory the family suggests Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 S. State St., Ste.200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship, Department of Psychiatry, 1000 S. State St. Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. Muehlig Funeral Home
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403 South Fourth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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