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Phil Anthony Donor Profile

Phil Anthony Donor Profile

The circle of giving is very important to alumnus Phil Anthony. As a recipient of a scholarship himself, Anthony hoped that one day, he too would be able to give back to his alma mater. "Dayton was very generous with me," said Anthony, "they were helpful in my career as an undergraduate in research."

Anthony, a physics major, went to graduate school at the University of Illinois, and then on to a successful career with Bell Labs in New Jersey. He has since retired and now lives in the Silicon Valley in California.

To this day, Anthony keeps up with science and other world news, and greatly enjoys travel. He has traveled the globe, but has most enjoyed his trips to the Galapagos Islands and the Northwest Passage.

Despite his distance in miles from the university, Anthony has made it a priority to come back at least twice a year and serve on the Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences. "Seeing the success Dayton has had over the last ten years is my favorite part of coming back," said Anthony.

Anthony gives back not only in his dedication and service to the university, but also financially through the scholarship he established to honor his late wife, Betty. Both were 1974 alumni of the University and both majored in Physics.

The Betty Anthony Endowed Scholarship is given annually to a student majoring in Physics. The most recent recipient, Logan Cordonnier, is extremely thankful for the generosity of the Anthony family.

"[They have] made an investment in me and I will be sure to do my best to make [them] proud," said Cordonnier, who is involved in the Society of Physics Students, the Anatomy Club, and acts as the Assistant Scoutmaster in his local Boy Scout troop. He has also interned at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. His commitment to his education is very similar to that of Anthony's, and he hopes that someday, he can continue the circle of giving as well.

"It's important to me that other students have the opportunity to be inspired and to pursue a career in the sciences, as I have," said Cordonnier.

The contributions of the Anthony family have touched the lives of students like Logan, and have instilled in these students the cycle of giving.


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