Frank W. Phillips III, 61, a retired 22 year Baltimore City Police Sergeant and 13 year Investigator with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney office died Tuesday after a lengthy illness following a heart attack during a family cruise in 2005. He is the son of the late I. Henry Phillips Sr. who was the long-time award winning AFRO Photographer/Director and retired AFRO Librarian Laura Phillips.
At an early age, he embarked on his first career as an AFRO photographer that started as an apprentice to his father who trained Frank in all aspects of photography alongside other Phillips family members. By the time he graduated from Forest Park High School in 1969 and began studying at Morgan State College, Frank had covered news, sports and social assignments throughout the region and garnered a reputation for his photographic skills and having the eye for capturing the event.
Mr. Phillips excelled covering breaking news stories and after completing a series of news assignments shooting drug operations with a Police undercover detail, he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement; however, he had to wait a year before he could enter the Police Academy due to his age.
His wife Karen is a veteran Baltimore City Police Sergeant, and they have two daughters Kristin and Morgan. He is also survived by his sisters Laura Byrd and Sheila Major as well as two brothers Irving H. Phillips Jr and Martin Phillips; a large number of other relatives and friends.
At press time, arrangements are being finalized for services to be held next week at St. Edward Catholic Church in Baltimore.