SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Michael "Mike" Phillips, 60, of Nikon Professional Services, died suddenly on January 9, 2006, in San Francisco. He was found at his home by a coworker who went to check on him after he failed to appear for work at a Nikon display booth at the Apple MacWorld Conference at the Moscone Center, the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association president told its members today. Phillips was active in SFBAPPA events and was one of the association's frequent speakers at seminars and workshops, as well as a long-time supporter.
A San Francisco native, Phillips spent his entire professional career at Nikon, joining them in 1970 after college at San Jose State University and the University of California at Davis, according to the family-provided obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle. Phillips worked for Nikon Professional Services (NPS) as a technical advisor and as a liaison between NPS and professional photographers. He was also a photographer, attended many major news events with NPS to assist working professionals on assignment, as well as shooting his own photographs at Olympic Games, World Series, Super Bowls, Kentucky Derbies, space launches, and other big events.
Phillips is survived by his mother, Marie Phillips Japs, of Davis; his sister, Suzanne Finigan of San Francisco; his brother, Kirk, and a nephew, Collin, both of Northern California. There are no funeral services planned at this time, but Paul Sakuma of the SFBAPPA reports that plans for a wake are pending.