Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Terrence "Philip" Tompkins

"Philip" Tompkins, 85, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Brauns Nursing Home.

Philip was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 11, 1932 to the late Philip James
and Eloise Dorothy (Ziegler) Tompkins. He attended St. Meinrad College in 1955,
University of Notre Dame 1956-57, Kenrick Theological Seminary 1957-60,
received his M.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1965 and his
M.L.S. from the University of Missouri in 1971. Philip started his career at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1971 lecturing in the School of
Education until 1981. While at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he
served as the Coordinator of Public Services in the Main Library from 1971-73,
as the Assistant Director of Libraries from 1973-74 and as the Associate
Director of Libraries from 1974-83. From 1983-85 he was the Chief Librarian at
the Brooklyn College Library at the City University of New York. Philip
eventually moved to California and served as the Deputy University Librarian at
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1985-90 and retired
in 1999 as the University Librarian, Executive Director of Libraries for the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
(IUPUI). Philip enjoyed travel and reading and was an avid Kansas City Royals
baseball fan.

Philip is survived by his siblings, Getrude Muensterman (Wilburn), Larry
Tompkins (Cindy), Jim Tompkins (Shannon), Kathleen Straube (Clarence), Eloise
Hamner (Ray), Nadine Parker and Christine Settle; and numerous nieces and

Philip was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lenora Miles; a
brother-in-law, Gary Parker; a niece, Mary Ann Nall and a nephew, Kerry Miles.