About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
William Bodine discusses his early life and father's history of civic duty in the city of Philadelphia. He continues by summarizing his military career and his marriage to his wife. His later years were spent on many academic and organization boards. The rest of the discussion is about his public services in Philadelphia, including the establishment of the Bodine High School of International Affairs; the first magnet school in International Affairs in the country.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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