In Memory: PVM Alumnus Philip Michal, DVM

October 13, 2017

The Purdue Veterinary Medicine family is saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus and former Crawfordsville Mayor Philip Michal (PU DVM '64), who died Monday, October 9, at Bickford Cottage in Crawfordsville. He was 77.

After earning his Purdue DVM degree in 1964, Dr. Michal and his family moved to Montgomery County where he had a veterinary practice near Wingate. In 1969 he built the Northwest Veterinary Hospital just outside Crawfordsville and remained in private veterinary practice there until retiring in 2013.

Dr. Michal also was active in his community, serving 14 years on the Montgomery County Board of Health, 10 years on the Crawfordsville City Council, and three terms as mayor of Crawfordsville. During his tenure as mayor, he served on and chaired the Solid Waste District Committee for West Central Indiana, and was an active participant in the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

Additionally, Dr. Michal volunteered with several community and charitable organizations, including the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club; First Christian Church; the Court Appointed Special Advocate program for juveniles in the Montgomery County court system; the Youth Service Bureau Juvenile Mentoring Program; and as a Red Coat at Franciscan Alliance Hospital in Crawfordsville. Dr. Michal also worked to raise awareness and funds to help fight world hunger, serving as chair of the Montgomery County Church World Service/CROP committee and the state CROP committee, and helping lead 30 Montgomery County CROP hunger walks. He also participated in mission trips to Haiti, Jamaica, and the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. His many years of public service, leadership, and volunteerism were recognized in 2014 by then Governor Mike Pence who honored him with a Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

A visitation will be held this evening (Friday, October 13) from 5:00 — 8:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, Crawfordsville. On Saturday, October 14, a public memorial service will be held at First Christian Church at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception from 2:00 — 4:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Dr. Michal's memory can be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, Rock Steady Boxing of Brownsburg (Fighting Back Against Parkinson's Disease), or CWS/CROP. Click here to view the complete obituary.

Writer: Kevin Doerr,

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