Philip Koplow

April 4, 1943 - January 18, 2018

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Philip J. Koplow, 74, of Covington, KY, passed away after a long bout with cancer on Thursday, January 18, 2018. He obtained his Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He was a Professor Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, where he taught music for 27 years. Still an active composer in his final years, Philips works were played by the National Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Northern Kentucky School of Music and numerous University and Student Groups. Philip also enjoyed doing magic tricks as a member of the Covington Royal Academy of Prestidigitation. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years: Cordelia Koplow; son: Morris Koplow, and he lives in the memory of the many students and colleagues whose lives he touched. A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright, KY. Memorials are suggested to the Northern Kentucky School of Music, 2551 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY 41017 or St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 7 Court Place, Newport, KY 41071. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Tom and Elinor Rambo - Jan 27, 2018

Dear Cordelia,
Tom and I were planning to be at the graveside service for Phil yesterday but Tom is on dialysis now and his schedule got changed to 1:30. We always think of Phil and his swan! Elinor

Carolyn Schuldt - Jan 22, 2018

My former husband, Dr. Richard Hansen, forwarded the sad news of Philp’s recent passing. When Dick and I were married and he was at NKU, the Koplows were very kind to both of us and I just wanted to convey my sympathy to you.
Unfortunately, when Dick and I married and moved to Peoria, he was not granted tenure and I was caregiving my late mom (11 years tomorrow) and was forced to get a divorce due to distance…I know Dick and Phil were very close and it is very difficult to lose a loved one….
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I live in Peoria and miss Cinti/Kentucky but cannot travel the distance for his service. Know that thoughts are with you, pleae
Carolyn Schuldt (Hansen at NKU)
Peoria, IL
Wisconsin native
one who appreciates music (piano part.) and theater

Paula Brickler - Jan 20, 2018

Cordelia, I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

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