Friday, August 21st, 2015 marked the passing of one of our dearest fellows in our field. Phil was a true gentleman and scholar. He was also a talented and patient teacher. His gentle wisdom was a source of inspiration to many. His contributions to the fields of indoor air quality and public health were immeasurable.
Dr. Morey held a BS in Biology from University of Dayton, and an MS and Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University. He was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. He had more than 30 years’ experience as a scientist providing expert analysis on microbial investigations and bio-contamination control. He was also a frequent presenter to professional conferences, and co-authored over 200 publications. Dr. Morey held positions at Harvard University, Texas Tech University, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Clayton Environmental Consultants, and retired from Environ Corporation. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and a founding member of ISIAQ – the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. He served on the Board of Directors of ISIAQ from 1997-2000. He was elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences for his distinguished service and significant contributions to the advancement of the field.
Although the professional awards and commendations Dr. Morey received were numerous, and his contributions to our field vast and expansive, most who knew Phil will remember him for his quiet demeanor, never outspoken, never boastful, always humble and modest, even under duress and adversity. It can be said that Phil rose above the crowd by his eloquence in speaking, his extensive knowledge on the subject at hand, and his remarkable means of conveying his point with a characteristic poignancy, always respectful of his peers.
Phil changed many people’s lives by his deep regard for and understanding of human frailty. His memory will live on in our hearts and in our quest for science to improve the health and well-being of our children and generations to come.
Phil was co-author (with Brian Flannigan) of ISIAQ Task Force Report I, “Control of Moisture Problems Affecting Biological Indoor Air Quality.” Produced in 1996, much of the content is still useful. To obtain copy of the report (available only from ISIAQ), click here
He is survived by his wife, Elsie D. Morey. Online tributes and condolences can be made at monahanfuneralhome.com. The following link will lead you directly to his page for condolences: