Mathew K Philip
February 27, 1956 – November 8, 2020
Mathew Korattickara Philip (Babu) was a man of many talents and peculiarities. He had a penchant for recording his musings. Even now after his death, he still speaks within the scribbles of his dusty journals. It seems only fitting to let him introduce himself in his own words,
“I was born on February 27, 1956. Until 1968, I lived in Gudalur. We settled in Manimooly in 1968 and we joined Christ King High School. In 1972, I passed my SSLC Exam. In the same year, I joined St. Thomas College in Ranni. I was in the second group as my subject. I joined BSC, Zoology in Mampad MES College in 1975. I completed my degree course in 1978.” - Mathew K. Philip (1984)
It was during his Bachelor's degree that Babu’s love of nature took hold in his studies. Later on, he attended Pune University in India to begin his master’s degree in Anthropology. He also worked at CARD, a welfare office in India during this time.
Along with the company of his brother, Babu moved overseas to America in the truest patriotic fashion, on Independence Day, July 4th, 1985. He was always adamant to regale the story of his arrival, as he landed at DFW airport with a dollar in his pocket and the “American Dream” in his heart.
Babu married Susamma (Susan) on December 15, 1986 in India. Together, they built a life in Dallas and were married for 33 years. Babu loved to learn, as he often immersed himself in books and courses of many subjects. He went on to complete a certification in Biblical Studies at Liberty Home Bible Institute in 1993. He also worked towards becoming a Naturopathic Doctor at Herbal Healer Academy Inc., with a focus in Ayurveda, in 2001. His other interests included literature, computer programming, karate, piano, and violin. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and gaining victories with worthy opponents on the chess board.
Early on, Babu worked hard to maintain a life and home for his family. His first job in America was as a store-clerk at Presbyterian Hospital in 1985. He later became a pharmacy technician and worked at Parkland Hospital and at a mail-order pharmacy. In 2003, Babu became a licensed massage therapist. Babu embarked on his journey in massage therapy with the intent to become a healer with a healing touch. He even opened his very own massage therapy practice, Pra-Kamya Massage Therapy in order to bring health and wellness to the community.
Babu's sudden passing from our lives was unexpected and heart-wrenching, and he will be dearly missed by us all. Babu had a spirit of generosity, even in times when he couldn’t spare much. He had a lot of love in his heart and was loyal to his family and friends. His life was cut short, but we are grateful to have known him and to have loved him. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten, and we look forward to being with him once again.