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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Philip J. Dorsey

January 12, 1949July 12, 2019
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Philip J. Dorsey passed away with his family by his side at the young age of 70 on Friday, July 12, 2019 after a short but fierce battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) at The MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston. He is survived by his mother Marie L. Dorsey, his wife Mary D. Dorsey, his daughter Michelle D. Snyder (William), his two sons, Philip J. Dorsey, Jr. (Alison), John M. Dorsey, his 4 granddaughters, Ashley M. Snyder, Evelyn M. Snyder, Avery L. Dorsey and Ella A. Dorsey, his three brothers, G. Paul Dorsey, Jr. (Kathy), Lee C. Dorsey (Gayle) and Marc G. Dorsey (Moira) and beloved remarkable extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, George P. Dorsey. Born in New Orleans on January 12, 1949, Phil attended Christian Brothers School and De La Salle High School before earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (’70) and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Tulane University (’72). Phil was always a genuine, good humored, loving, and kind man of impeccable integrity and values. Admired for his intellect and analytical skills, he could always provide valuable advice and thoughtful insight on just about anything. His steady and guiding hand provided strong stewardship and principled direction to his beloved children, grandchildren, employees, and clients. He leaves behind his legacy and life‘s work, Dorsey & Company, Inc., which is currently celebrating its 60th year of financial success. Phil began his financial services career in September 1972 working alongside his father, George P. Dorsey, founder of Dorsey & Company, Inc. Phil took the reins as President and CEO in 2000, prior to his father’s passing in 2008. In his work he can be best described as intelligent, deliberate, patient, fair, honest, and ethical with the best interests of his clients and employees foremost in his mind. He particularly enjoyed his client friendships which often flourished into multi-generational relationships. He brought the firm to new heights, expanding far beyond its initial focus on municipal bonds to include all manner of investment and advisory products and services. Phil was fully engaged in the financial services industry, serving multiple terms on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) District 5 Business Conduct Committee, and as a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Small Firms Committee and CEO Roundtable. Memberships and activities also included the Chartered Financial Analysts Society, Louisiana Insurers Conference, New Orleans Regional Council of Business Economics Association for Corporate Growth, National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and United Way Investment Committee. Phil was a great friend to the Friars of the Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres, headquartered in New Orleans. He generously gave of his time, talent and resources to the Dominicans for over 18 years. He served on the province’s Limited Service Trust Board from 2001 until the time of his death, taking the lead on several major endeavors. He also served on the Southern Dominican Advisory Board (Development and Fundraising) from 2003 to 2017. In addition, he has served on the province’s Economic Council since 2010, assisting the friars in the financial management of province operations. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM. Visitation will continue on Monday, July 22, 2019 from noon until 1:00PM. A Mass of Christian burial will follow in the Chapel of the funeral home at 1:00PM. Interment will take place in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed in honor of Philip Dorsey to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) or the Southern Dominican Province. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter, 3636 South 1-10 Service Rd, Suite 304, Metairie LA 70001, 504-837-0945, www.lls.org/mississippi-louisiana Southern Dominican Province USA, 1421 North Causeway Blvd, Suite 200, Metairie LA 70001, 504-837-2129x7 (Martha Tolzdorf) To view and the sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • G. Paul Dorsey
  • Lee C. Dorsey
  • Marc Dorsey
  • Philip Dorsey, Jr.
  • John M. Dorsey
  • William C. Snyder

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 22, 2019

Memories

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Cindy Parrish Weisenfelder

August 8, 2019

In 1985 I was a young woman, in a new city, with no real work experience. Philip and Ray gave me an opportunity at Dorsey and Company that changed the trajectory of my life. They helped me learn and mature into a valued employee. I have now been in Financial Services for 30 years and am forever indebted to them. I don’t live in Louisiana anymore and haven’t been in contact with Philip since about 1990. I’m not sure why I Googled him this week, but was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. I want his family to know how far and wide his impact was on others. I am forever grateful for his leadership and the impact he had on my life.

Phyllis and Robert Browning

August 4, 2019

We were so sorry to hear the news of Phil's passing. We were out of the country for most of July and just learned of the news this morning. Phil was a good friend and a genuinely good person. We have had the good fortune of knowing Phil and his family for many years and he will be greatly missed.

David Pippin

July 22, 2019

Truly saddened by the loss of a very dear friend. I have many good memories of special times spent with Phil and he will be forever remembered and sadly missed. Lots of love and prayers for his family at this time of great loss.

Laurie Valentino

July 21, 2019

I’m so sorry to be out of town and will be missing Phil’s service. Sending warm and caring thoughts with deepest sympathy to Mary and the Dorsey family.

Frankie Jennings

July 21, 2019

My dearest daughter and precious grandchildren,
My heart is hurting along with yours. Phil was a very special member of our family, he leaves an empty space that cannot ever be filled. Phil was always such a kind and gracious son-in-law to me, he will be missed so much. I am beside each of you in spirit, walking with you every step of this difficult journey.

Love, Mom (Meme)

Debbie Castiglioni

July 19, 2019

I've known Phil for many years as a member of "F Troop". He was such a fun loving, humble and intelligent person. Always willing to share his ideas and listen to others. I can only imagine the loss felt by his clients, other friends and family.

Missing that smile already... Prayers for you Mary and to the rest of your family and all of those at Dorsey & Company.

Debbie Castiglioni
Cutter & Company, Inc.


ECHELON Partners

July 19, 2019

While we've only had the pleasure of knowing Philip for the past two years, every interaction has been a positive one. His deep passion for helping his clients, team and firm, his integrity, his charm and humor were evident in each discussion, meeting and phone call together. We miss him already.

Dave & Tarah Williams

July 19, 2019

We will always remember Phil's warm and welcoming smile over the 25+ years that we had the honor of knowing him. He was the epitome of class and integrity.

He sure will be missed.

With sympathy,
Dave & Tarah Williams

Prospera Financial

July 19, 2019

We worked around or with Phil for over 25 years- we will not see another man of such integrity and passion for helping his clients and serving the greater good. We will cherish his memory and think of him often.
Our sincere condolences,
Prospera Financial

Cary Street Partners

July 19, 2019

In honor of a life so beautifully lived.
With deepest sympathy,
Cary Street Partners

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