Philip's Story

BROOKLIN - Philip Mather Briggs, a 22 year resident of Brooklin ME, passed away peacefully at home on September 22, 2015. He was 75 years old. Philip and Paula were married for 52 years and have 3 children, Jessica, Hilary (deceased), and Ian, along with 7 grandchildren.

Born in New York City in 1939, he was raised in Yorktown Heights, New York. Philip moved his young family to Boxford, Massachusetts where he designed and built a beautiful, contemporary home at the top of a hill in the woods. They lived there for 22 years before moving to Brooklin, ME, where again Philip transformed an old farmhouse into a spectacular contemporary home.

Philip graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design where he fell in love with his wife Paula, and his future career as an architect. Later on he became an influential trustee of RISD.

Philip was a pioneer in architecture and set the foundation for hundreds of architects to learn the business. He was incredibly talented and participated in the design of the Boston Aquarium. Philip founded ADD Inc, with his partner Wilson Pollock in 1971. The company grew into a hugely successful, commercial architectural firm which had multiple offices located around the country and in Europe.

After retiring from ADD Inc., Philip attended the Landing School in Maine in 1991 and earned his degree in naval architecture. He was a trustee with this school as well.

In his personal life, Philip spent most of his time with the family on the ocean. He learned to sail at the age of three. At the age of fourteen, he sailed from New England down to Florida with his brothers and a couple of friends. In the late 60's, he and his wife sailed along the coast of England down through Europe and South Africa. Since then he owned various sailboats throughout his life. As he got older the sailboats got bigger and the whole family cruised the coast of Maine and Newfoundland, ducking in and out of harbors and islands for weeks at a time.

Philip sailed in the Marion/Bermuda race with his brothers, sister and son and won first place in the "all family crew" class in 1989. Philip was a member of the prestigious Cruising Club of America. Eventually Philip converted from sailboats to powerboats to enjoy more comfortable cruising in his 60's and 70's.

Philip's passion for the ocean and love of the Maine coastline transpired into being an adamant supporter of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The family asks that if you'd like to make a donation in honor of Philip to the attention of:

Herriman Point Reserve

1 Bowdoin Mill island, Suite 201

Topsham, ME 04086

Philip was magnanimous, accomplished, intelligent and hilarious. He always made everyone laugh. He will be dearly missed by everyone who had the luxury to meet him.
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