Philip G. Winsor | 1938 - 2012 | Obituary

Philip G. Winsor
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Philip G. Winsor

Born: May 10, 1938
Died: January 24, 2012

Philip G. Winsor, age 73, peacefully passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
He was born May 10, 1938, in Morris, IL to Gordon and Lillian Winsor. Phil was many things to many people, including a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. During his well-lived life, he was an educator, lecturer, photographer, author, composer, musician, computer programmer, multi-media artist, and pioneer of computer music composition.
After receiving degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and San Francisco State University, he completed post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and Italy Conservatory of Music, continuing on to doctoral studies at the University of Illinois. Phil was a professor at DePaul University, University of North Texas, and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. As a composer, his musical compositions have been performed in Carnegie Hall; Radio Cologne, Germany; Radio Tel Aviv, Israel; Warsaw, Poland Conservatory; Korea National Institute of the Arts in Seoul, and Korea National Education University in Cheong-ju. Additional works have been commissioned by experimental cinematographers and modern dance companies in the United States.
He held many Guest Composer Residencies including at The University of Michigan, Amherst University, and Electronic Music Plus Festival, Nashville. Phil’s traditional and experimental photographic prints have been exhibited at galleries in the United States and the Republic of China, including the Chicago Gallery of Photography and Exposures Gallery in Evanston, the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, and the Sun Gat Gallery in Taipei.
During his career, he received numerous awards, grants and fellowships recognizing his achievements both in the United States and abroad, including the Prix de Rome, National Science Council Grant (Republic of China), Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center Artist Residency, and Ford Foundation for Electronic Music Fellowship.
He is survived by his devoted wife Michele, and five loving children: Pam and Chris Ortega of Lafayette, Colorado; Lauren and Tom Galey of Boulder, Colorado; Paul and Emelda Ellis of Austin, Texas; Brad and Cyndi Winsor of Lake Bluff, Illinois; and Bethany Winsor of Lake Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by his brother Richard Winsor and wife Gayle of Bella Vista, Arkansas, nephews Todd Winsor and wife Debbie of Rochester, New York, and Craig Winsor and Jerry Bannister of Emeryville, California. Phil also has an extended adoring family including grandchildren Josh Ortega, Cristian Ellis, Lisbeth Ellis, Mariah Ellis, Ty Galey, Abby Doherty, Alexandria Winsor, Geoffrey Winsor, and grandnephew Shane Winsor and grandniece Kayla Winsor.
A memorial service to celebrate Phil’s life is planned for mid-March. Send your name and address to to receive further information.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that honorariums be sent to:

Phil Winsor Scholarship Fund
UNT College of Music
Attn: Beth Jackson
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, Tx 76203

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