Phillip E. Beck Former Inquirer Staffer and Head of a Journalism Group Dies

Phil Beck, former Philadelphia Inquirer writer and editor died Thursday at age 56. Friends and relatives described a man who possessed a genuine concern for others, a man of boundless energy, an eclectic interest in nearly every subject and a delight to be with.


Beck, who worked for several local publications as a writer and editor, edited books and served as president of the Philadelphia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease on his 56th birthday at his West Philadelphia home.

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