Special Remembrances

Photo image of Phil Swan a life trustee and dear friend to Scripps CollegeLife trustee and dear friend of the College Phil Swan passed away on December 7, 2017. Phil’s tenure as a trustee began in 1970 and included membership on all standing committees of the Board. Over his many years of service, he made valuable contributions to Scripps’ financial health and stability as well as to the growth of the endowment. A generous friend and staunch supporter of women’s education, Phil once described his engagement with Scripps as “the best thing I’ve been involved with, the best thing I’ve done.”

Phil was born in 1929 in Pasadena, California, and grew up in San Marino. A graduate of Pomona College and Stanford University School of Business, he built a thriving career as an investment counselor, eventually founding his own firm in Pasadena, now Clifford Swan Investment Counselors. He was also a successful entrepreneur; during the 1970s, he cofounded Books on Tape, which made it possible to listen to books while driving. Phil was extremely active in his community, and over the years he lent his time and leadership skills to the South Pasadena Community Redevelopment Association, the Oneonta Club Scholarship Committee, Oneonta Congregational Church, the Huntington Library Board of Overseers, and the Braille Institute, among other organizations. He also had many hobbies and passions, including a keen interest in history which led him to collect autographed pictures of U.S. political and business leaders. Phil was a dedicated baseball and University of Southern California Trojans football fan, attending an impressive 73 Rose Bowl games. He had countless friends and thoroughly enjoyed getting together with people over a meal at a good restaurant. Phil will be remembered for his intense work ethic, boundless energy, dedication to family, generosity, sense of humor, and as a dispenser of advice and wisdom.

Phil is survived by his wife, Kay Schwarberg Swan; daughter, Karen Steen, and son-in-law, Eric Steen of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Sara Swan, of Los Angeles; and son, Philip A. Swan, of Pasadena. He leaves seven grandchildren: Emily, Audrey, and Madeline Steen; Bridget and Roy Wexman; and Craig and Arden MacLaren-Swan. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Sally Preston Swan ’52.


Paul Bishop, who served as the staff performance accompanist for the Scripps College Music Department and the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, passed away this past June. In his 42 years at Scripps, Bishop played with and for over 3,000 students in lessons, recitals, concerts, and commencements. His repertoire spanned four centuries and many languages, including German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and English.

A new scholarship, the Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award in Choral and Vocal Music, commemorates his legacy with the goal of celebrating the exemplary work of choral and vocal music students in the Joint Music Program. Current vocal and choral music students participating in Scripps’ voice lessons and the Joint Music Program choirs are eligible for the award.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Bishop, visit the Scripps giving page at
scrippscollege.edu/giving  and select the Paul  R. Bishop Memorial Award in Choral and Vocal Music designation.




Professor Emerita of Psychology Margaret Siler Faust passed away on August 17, 2017. Faust taught at Scripps for 33 years, from 1958 until 1991. She was critical to the creation of the College’s Psychology Department, shaping its emphasis on data-driven research. She also served as the dean of faculty for two years.

Faust was born in Tianjin, China, and came to the U.S. when she was two years old. Her first language was Chinese. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College and her doctorate from Stanford University. At Stanford, she met and married William Langdon “Don” Faust. The couple were travel enthusiasts. They spent a semester in Suzhou, China, teaching at the Suzhou Railway Teachers College. They had three daughters, Katie, Ann, and Marion, and were married for 64 years, until Don’s death in 2014.

Upon her retirement, Scripps established the Margaret Siler Faust Psychology Senior Thesis Award, which is given annually to a senior whose thesis best exemplifies the use of careful, empirical research to address important psychological questions about human behavior and experience