Phillip Dean Bostwick

January 13, 1933December 18, 2017

Phillip D. Bostwick died Dec. 18 at his home in East Orleans, Massachusetts, surrounded by his family. He was 84.

He was the first litigation partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, where he practiced from 1963 to 1997. He loved to try cases and argued before seven U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Born in Topeka, Kansas in 1933 to Guy and Ruth Bostwick, he received his A.B. magna cum laude in 1954 from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1961. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator and flew with a Marine Reserve Squadron while attending law school. He was qualified in both jet fighters and multi-engine patrol bombers, flew off aircraft carriers and held the rank of Captain, USMCR.

A talented illustrator, his work appeared in Navy and other publications. He remained an avid aviator and sports car driver throughout his life and meticulously restored numerous vintage cars, many of which he raced competitively. One of his great joys was flying his Stearman biplane along Cape Cod’s seashore. He was also passionate about history, movies and current events.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann (Schlegel) Bostwick of East Orleans, whom he met on a blind date in Harvard Square in 1958, having been paired by mutual friends as a gag due to their height disparity. Their marriage lasted 58 years until his death. He is also survived by his children, Dwight Bostwick of Chevy Chase, Md., Jennifer Bostwick Owens of Nashville, Tn., and John Bostwick of Newton, Ma.; and six grandchildren, who affectionately called him G-Pa. Donations may be made in Phillip’s name to the Committee to Protect Journalists at


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Clifford Bostwick

January 1, 2018

Prayers for your family at this time of your{our} loss

Verna Garrett

January 1, 2018

Just learned of Phil's death and I am so sorry. Prayers and blessings to all of your family.

Verna Lou Bostwick Garrett
(Aubrey's oldest!)

December 24, 2017

My condolences to the family. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you in your time of need.

December 24, 2017

Dear Jean Ann & family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Phil is a favorite person in our family and we will miss him deeply. Sending you all our love.

Kristen Landreth Dean

December 24, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time. Psalms 29:11

Clare Janusz

December 23, 2017

My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband.

December 19, 2017

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

December 19, 2017

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.