John Philip (“Phil”) Neal

J. Philip Neal passed away on June 10, 2015 at the age of 96. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Haverford College in 1941 and worked for the Consumer Cooperative Movement and the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation. During World War II, he did work of national importance in the Civilian Public Service, and later developed a business producing hand-framed argyles. In 1951, he moved to Celo Community, NC and was employed with the Vaughan Corporation, and later with the Feldspar Corporation, both in Spruce Pine, NC. In 1964, he joined the staff of the NC State University Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville, NC, from which he retired in 1985. He interrupted his retirement in 1988 to develop a paper mill waste cleaning process. A longtime member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), he was one of the founders of Asheville Friends Meeting. In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Margaret “Peg” Calbeck Neal (1996) and a daughter, Emily Neal (2007). He is survived by his daughter, Edna Neal Collins, her husband Jim, two grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.

John Philip (“Phil”) Neal


Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

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