Philip Edward KerleeJune 29, 1961 ~ August 9, 2017 (age 56)
Philip Kerlee, a mechanical aerospace engineer and college admissions counselor, died unexpectedly on August 9, 2017, at the age of 56, at home.
Phil is survived by his mother, Evelyn Kerlee; his wife, Pamela Kee; and his daughters Alexandra and Amanda. He is predeceased by his father, Clarence Kerlee.
Phil was born in Seattle on June 29, 1961 to Evelyn and Clarence. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After a long and successful career in aerospace, he transitioned to college admissions counseling. He would have stayed in the Northwest forever, as a lauded engineer at Boeing, had the Internet not existed. On July 12, 1997, he married Pam, whom he met at MIT and joined her in Silicon Valley. On November 27, 2001, he gleefully welcomed his daughters, who were the joy of his life.
Phil was a devoted father and a lifelong mentor. He brought out the best in those he touched by listening and guiding them to their strengths and passions. In Alex, he shared a sense of adventure, tae kwan do, whitewater rafting, and a love of travel. In Mandy, he shared perseverance, deep introspection, and a similar quick wit. With both, he shared his love of theater, the outdoors, sports, and design. He took great delight in watching young people excel with just a gentle push. College admissions counseling was a natural second career.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2PM on Saturday, August 26 at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos. Following the service, there will be coffee and tea accompanied by a dessert bar that includes Phil’s favorite cookies.