Filadelfo Panlilio, PhD, of Atlanta, died July 24, 2017 at age 99 after a brief illness. A resident of the Albany-Schenectady area of NY for almost 50 years, Dr. Panlilio moved to Atlanta in 2004. He served on the faculty of Union College in Schenectady, NY for 32 years, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, retiring as Prof. Emeritus in 1987. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 65 years, Dr. Elsie Belle Nessia Panlilio; his parents Pacifico and Marcelina Panlilio; his sisters Guillermina and Noemi Panlilio; and his brother Vladimir Panlilio. He is survived by his daughters Cynthia Panlilio and Adelisa Panlilio (Andrew Eilers), and one grandchild, Emily Eilers. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan School of Engineering or to the charity of your choice.

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  1. To the family,

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the the promises God has at Revelation 21:3,4 where he says he will do away with all sickness and death.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the family. Elsie and Phil were our closest friends in Albany for over 30 years. They were not only friends but our professional collogues. Elsie was in Albany Medical College and she was a superb support for Maleka and similarly Phil was a great help to Moayyed at Union College, Cynthia and Lisa were also close to us too. They will be in our hearts always, and our deepest sympathy to the family for this heavy loss. May God take Phil in his arms.

  3. Uncle Adel was my surrogate father in the States when I came from the Philippines at 16. He and Auntie Els met me at the NYC airport , then called Idylwild. They attended my college graduation. Uncle Adel walked me down the aisle. Thank you Uncle Adel and Auntie Els for taking me into your family. I will always be grateful for your support and kindness. Misty and Lisa, may it comfort you to remember the good times enjoyed by your family.

  4. I had the honor of working with Elsie for many years a long time ago in Pathology at Albany Med. Brings back so many special memories…both Phil & Elsie were such sweet &wonderful people and were always so generous & kind to me. My deepest sympathy to their family & friends. May Phil rest in peace with his beloved Elsie.

  5. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and excellent professor. The ME Dept. was a great place for me to work. Fil was kind and achieved so much in his life. He even played chess with one of my sons when they stopped in after school for me to drive them home. Elsie was also a very special person. Glad that he had a long life. Now, rest in peace.

  6. I was a student of Professor Panlilio at Union College over 40 years ago where his course in Engineering Mechanics was viewed by most all of us as the toughest engineering class at the school. If you could excel in his class, you were destined for success in the engineering profession. If you did not, you sought out your faculty adviser for consideration of a new major. He set a standard for excellence in preparation and logical thought that has impacted me throughout my life. Please accept my condolences at his passing, but appreciation for his contribution to all his former students.

  7. Professor Panlilio was a magnificent instructor, advisor and a very decent human being. He helped me to have a successful career in Engineering. He was also a very gifted chess player. I enjoyed our matches. I hope to see you in the next life Prof.!

  8. Rest in peace Uncle Adel. You will now be with Auntie Els and my parents: your sister Jenny Lind Nessia and my father Julio E.
    Dolorico, MD. We have wonderful memories and great times with both of you. Your generosity are now shared by our cousins and our children.
    Bim and Gela Dolorico
    Sarasota, Florida

  9. While attending Virginia Tech back in the 60’s, we used Mr. Panlilio’s text book on “Strength of Materials”. It was truly a tough book, especially for an ill prepared son of an itinerant construction worker, saddled with a southern education. His is the only text book for which I remember the author’s name, which is amazing after nearly 60 years.
    I once wrote him a letter complaining about how hard his book was for me to understand, the fault I now realize, lay entirely on my shoulders, Anyway, he wrote back to the dean of the department, not to complain about my denigration of his book, but about the poor quality of my writing skills, which, at the time were atrocious, So, I credit Mr Panlilio not for what he taught me about Mechanical Engineering, but for the impetuous to improve my writing skills. Thank you Mr. Panlilio

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