Philip Provost, Ph.D. Father and Microbiologist passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Meadowood Senior Living. He was the beloved husband of Dolores (Rill) Provost to whom he was married for over 56 years.
Born May 28, 1935, he was a son of the late Eugene and Blanche (LeBeau) Provost of Bristol, CT. Dr. Provost was a graduate of University of Connecticut (B.A.), University of Maryland (Ph.D.), and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins.
Phil worked as a Professor and Scientist during a career spanning 40 years. In his 23 years at Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, Pa., Phil was an inventor of 13 U.S. Patents related to hepatitis A and varicella viruses and vaccines. He pioneered the characterization of the viral agent of human type A hepatitis, the first laboratory cultivation of hepatitis A virus, and the development of prototype vaccines leading to successful vaccines against human type A hepatitis. He also played a role in the development of the human vaccine against chicken pox.
In retirement, the University of Maryland College of Chemical and Life Sciences honored Phil with induction into its Circle of Discovery.
Phil enjoyed traveling with his wife Dolores, spending time with his family, collecting New England clocks and studying his genealogy. He was also an avid watercolor artist and member of the Greater Norristown Art League and Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill.
In addition to his wife Phil is survived by his children, Jennifer Moulder and her husband, Edward of Downingtown, Edward Provost and his wife, Lisa of Glenside; his sister Catherine Holznagel of Florida; and his grandchildren, Claire and Emma Moulder of Downingtown and Abby and Adam Provost of Glenside. Phil was preceded in death by two siblings, his sister Vivian Martin and brother Richard Provost.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception, at Meadowood Senior Living - Schultz Community Center, 3205 W Skippack Pike, Worcester, PA 19490. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Greater Norristown Art League, East Norriton Township, 800 West Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA 19403-4252. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com