Philip Grant, age 71, of Santa Barbara slipped into the dawn on April 26th, 2017. Phil passed peacefully at Serenity House with his life partner Sumio by his side. Thanks to the amazing Serenity House staff, Phil’s transition was facilitated by love, grace, and compassionate care. He was surrounded by loved ones at a Blessing Ceremony.
Born in Long Beach on May 15, 1945 the second child of Eugene Glaser and Elmira Overmeyer. His father died when he was two, leaving his mother to raise him and his sister, Nancy.
Phil attended Miramonte High School where he excelled in football, wrestling, and tennis. He played french horn and was editor of the school news paper. He continued his studies at Claremont McKenna and UCSB where received a B.A. in Political Science in 1968. He completed his phD in 1974, and remained on staff for several years to follow.
Phil was an international ambassador of humanity, wisdom, and peace. He taught in 13 different universities worldwide. He believed deeply in organizing events that drew attention to the impact of globalization on our youth. He has been teaching politics and global affairs for over three decades.
Phil had an adventurous spirit! From crewing on a tanker ship, fighting fires, to getting kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon where he was teaching during war-torn times… he was absolutely fearless.