George Alleyne, Bethesda, Maryland

The many tributes that have already been paid testify to the extent to which he was loved and admired and his many and varied talents have been lauded. One gets the impression of a man that could play many roles. When I tried to distill the essence of what Phil represented to me apart from being a friend, it boiled down to his being a teacher – an educator in small groups, to large groups and to individuals. He taught. He was the ultimate professor in the pristine sense of the word. He professed economics and its relation to health.

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Ricardo Bitran, Santiago, Chile

Painting Phil was a challenge. His portrait had to convey simultaneously four key features of his personality: intelligence, pride, humor, and kindness.

Phil was my best friend and also a mentor. For over 25 years we travelled around the world and met in different countries for workshops, conferences, and missions. During those encounters we tried to get together daily in the evenings to talk about work, life, family, love, our children, wine, food, ornithology, art, mushrooms (one of his many eccentric interests), literature, music, and many other subjects. He had a formidable intelligence and an encyclopedic mind. He was also kind and compassionate. He could listen with great interest and always had useful advice to offer. He was generous with his time and knowledge. Phil was possessed of a highly analytical mind and an implacable logic, and was intellectually honest. His sense of humor was outstanding.

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Susan Dentzer, Chevy Chase, Maryland

When we at Health Affairs lost our wonderful colleague, Phil, in March 2011, we felt the void immediately — missing his intellect, penetrating analyses, wit and friendship.

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Robert Hecht, Chevy Chase, Maryland

I was in Wyoming in late March 2011 when I heard that a serious accident involving Phil had taken place, and he was reported to have died. The circumstances were at first obscure. Over the next few hours, things became clearer. I searched the internet and found the story of the Iguaçu boating disaster.

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Anthony Measham, Longboat Key, Florida

Phil Musgrove and I worked together for more than a decade at the World Bank, where we served with the Health, Nutrition and Population Unit. We were also colleagues for four years at the National Institutes of Health and for three years while Phil worked at Health Affairs.

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Andre Medici, Bethesda, Maryland

Phil had an important role creating the health economics field in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. In the end of the 1980´s, many Latin American countries started to create health economics associations that focused empirical evidence and data. The emphasis at this time was health financing, giving that Ministers of Health were pushing for more resources.

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William Savedoff, Bath, Maine

It is hard for me to believe Phil is gone. The hole he leaves behind is so very large. Phil appreciated friends, humor, and analytical twists. His criticism could be sharp but the encouragement he offered people was also boundless. I’ve heard so many stories over the years from people who sought him out for advice and really appreciated his support – whether a PhD student looking for a dataset or a Health Minister seeking advice on a massive reform effort.

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Helen Saxenian, Bethesda, Maryland

I knew Phil for over 22 years and worked with him closely for several years, including the 1993 World Development Report and other projects. Everyone appreciated Phil’s sharp mind and humor.

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Abdo Yazbeck, Washington, DC

Working with Phil on the World Development Report in 1992-93 was a life changing experience professionally and personally. We had access to the best minds in health and health economics, and there was little doubt on the team as to who had the sharpest mind. Phil was the person we all went to when we had a difficult problem to solve or a dispute to resolve.

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