Philip Elston Bishop ’74

Philip Elston Bishop ’74, 58, formerly of Radford, Va., passed away on April 12, 2010 at his home in Orlando, Fla., surrounded by his family, after a brave battle with melanoma. He was born on Jan. 16, 1952, in Lawrence, Kans., a son of the late Harry E. and Verna M. Bishop. Bishop graduated from Davidson in 1974, and earned his master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He moved to Orlando in 1985 and taught English and humanities at Jones High School for four years before becoming a fulltime professor of humanities at Valencia Community College and taught night classes at University of Central Florida. Bishop was a gifted writer and published six editions of college-level textbooks and numerous journals on both art and teaching. He was passionate in the classroom and a mentor to his students and teachers. His friends and colleagues were important in his life and surrounded him with support and love. Bishop is survived by his son, Aaron Bishop (Wendy), 123 Teakwood Dr., Apt. H, Greensboro, NC 27406-8194; a daughter, Shaughna Bishop (Chris Allen); his mother, Verna Bishop; one brother, Mark Bishop (Lou Don); one sister, Elaine Brooks; two grandchildren, Lily and Cole Bishop; and several nieces and nephews.