Dr. Phillip G. Spiegel passed away on June 26th, 2008, from complications secondary to cancer. He would have been seventy-two years of age the following week. Born in Chicago in 1936, he attended Northwestern University for both his undergraduate and medical school education. His internship year was spent at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, followed by a surgical residency at the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. Though interrupted by military service, he decided to follow the subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery and secured a position at Los Angeles County General Hospital under J. Paul Harvey, graduating in 1967. For four years, Phil practiced in Beverly Hills, California, but became increasingly restless and eventually left his practice to pursue an academic career. This led him to F.W. Rhinelander's laboratory in Cleveland, where he worked for several months, followed by a year in Davos, Switzerland, under the guidance of Stephan Perren, MD, in 1971 and 1972. He returned to academics for good, first at the University of Southern California for a year, then at the University of Chicago for the next five years, before going to Tampa, Florida, in 1978. During that time, Phil became increasingly drawn to the art and science of trauma care, the specialty that would help define his career.