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Philip C. Coussens

1927 ~ 2018 (age 91)
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Philip Cameron Coussens, MD

 

Philip Cameron Coussens was born in Los Angeles California on 28th July 1927 to parents Joseph P. and Gertrude Coussens (Wolf).  He passed away in Rosamond California on 24th December 2018.

He received his BSc. in Pre-Med from the University of California Los Angeles in 1952, and went on to achieve his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California San Francisco in 1956 before beginning his rotating internship at the Los Angeles County General Hospital.  In 1957 Dr. Coussens joined the medical staff at Antelope Valley Hospital where he served as Chief of Staff from 1970 to 1972 and again in 1976. He was appointed to Active Senior Staff in 1992.

Dr. Coussens began his private family medical practice in Palmdale, California in 1957 and moved his office to Lancaster, California in 1966.   He and his wife and RN, Ellen Coussens, designed and built a new office in Lancaster in 1972 and remained there until they retired in 2014. He considered medicine a calling, and he and Ellen took great pleasure in treating multiple generations of families in the Antelope Valley until 2003.  Having obtained his Senior Aviation Medical Examiner certification, he and Ellen continued until 2014 to provide FAA medical examinations to fellow aviators, many of whom are local and international legends.

Phil took great pleasure in learning, and he was continually engaged in something new.  Aside from being an MD, he was a gifted electronic engineer and held a  patent in the field of early radio communication systems.   He designed  and built one of the world’s most powerful HAM radio stations, as well as several custom high-fidelity sound systems.  Phil was also an accomplished musician on the  piano and organ.  As an avid aviator, he held a single and multi-engine engine aircraft private license with instrument rating.  His flying adventures ranged from aerobatics in a small biplane to cross-country flights with his family in various aircraft.  At age 75 he assembled a helicopter from a kit and flew it around the valley in his spare time. As a testament to his continued quest for knowledge, he obtained his helicopter private license at the age of 80.  He was a proud member of the Los Angeles and Palmdale Hangars of Quiet Birdmen since 1976.

Phil married Ellen June Jeter on 16th May 1970, and they lived together in Lancaster until moving to Rosamond Sky Park in 1986 where they pursued their flying interests and enjoyed the company of many neighbors with similar interests.

Phil and Ellen passed away in late December (24th and 28th, respectively) peacefully at home and are survived by six children: Tom Coussens, Rob Coussens, John Coussens, Tami Bergerson, Jeff Jeter and David Jeter, as well as thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

(In Lieu of flowers please donate to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles or Wounded Warriors)

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