Philip Edward Polk
September 8, 1937-March 28, 2011
Philip E. Polk of Laguna Beach, California, died suddenly at home on March 28, 2011.
Philip was born to Eva May and Winthrop Byrl Polk in Long Beach, California, on September 8,
1937. Philip's father was a Captain in the Navy during World War II, and Philip grew up on
naval bases in Guam and in California and Hawaii. Philip and his family lived in Pearl City, Oahu
when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Philip's father was the recipient of two silver stars for battles
in the South Pacific.
Philip graduated from San Diego State College in 1960, the year he and Kathleen Davis were married.
He then entered the University of Southern California School of Law. Philip graduated and passed the bar
in 1963. He remained a member of the California State Bar until his death. He was a past member of the
California Trial Lawyers Association, the American Society of Hospital Attorneys and Rotary International.
Philip began his law practice in Dana Point, California, where he was the first legal advisor to the Incorporation
Committee from 1966-1970. Dana Point finally became a city in 1989 after many attempts to incorporate.
Philip served as Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Vice President in 1966 and President in 1967.
He became atttorney for the South Coast Community Hosipital in Laguna Beach when Clifford Tinsmon
retired and held this position until 1980.
Philip leaves his wife Kathleen N. Davis, M.D., his sons Philip Andrew and Cyrus William Polk, and his beloved
Springer Spaniel 'Spot'. Philip was a loving husband, devoted father and a brillant attorney. He is greatly missed.
Private family funeral was held April 5th.