Dr. Phillip Wesley Archer (Phil), 60 years old, of Midlothian, Virginia, departed this life April 22, 2016 at Johnston Willis Hospital-Richmond, Virginia. Phil was born September 3, 1955 in Richmond, to the late Eleanor Bowles Archer and Albert Steward Archer, Sr.\n\nHe attended Hickory Hill Elementary, Falling Creek Middle School, and George Wythe High School. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology from Hampton Institute (now University) and a Masters' of Arts from Central Michigan University in Management and Supervision (Health Care Administration). Upon graduating Hampton Institute, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp and later attained the rank of Captain. During his military career, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. \n\nHe completed his Doctoral requirements while in the Army, earning a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from Howard University's College of Medicine in 1988. Also, he had a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Dr. Archer was an Assistant Professor in Biology at Virginia State University, in the early 1990s. He started teaching at Virginia Union University (VUU), and became an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences. During his tenure at VUU, he became the Director, Program for Environmental Justice, Education and Research. Dr. Archer was Dean in the Natural Science Department at VUU on two occasions. He was well noted for his expertise in grant writing, especially drafting Federal Grants through The National Institutes of Health and The National Science Foundation. He was an avid researcher. \n\nHe co-authored a book, Key Concepts of Physiology, which has been used by several universities around the country. Dr. Archer served as Executive Director of the Mid-Eastern Alliance for Minority Participation Program, and Director of the Minority Health research Initiative. He was a member of the Society for Neuroscience and member of the American Physiology Society. Some of Dr. Archer's research was concentrated on environmental and hereditary factors associated with infant mortality. Even during Dr. Archer's recent illness, he persevered with a colleague to complete a scientific article for publication entitled, "The Residential Distance to Public Housing and its Differential Influence on Infant Mortality across Race".\n\nDr. Archer spearheaded many summer programs at VUU and was dedicated in soliciting high school students to enter science related college courses. He was instrumental in establishing dual enrollment programs with Richmond Public School System. One of his special passions was mentoring students and encouraging them to continue into graduate degree programs. \n\nPhillip truly enjoyed hunting, recreational shooting, cooking and spending time with his family and friends.\n\nPhillip was a lifelong member at Second Baptist Church, South Richmond and was baptized there at an early age. As a youngster he was an active Boy Scout at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and at Second Baptist a member of the Young Men's Usher Board, and The KR Singers. Later in life he served as a member of Trustee Board.\n\nHe is survived by wife Darlene Hunt Archer, daughter Alexis Kayla Archer, sister Janice (Robert Whitaker, Jr.), brothers Albert Jr. (Violet) and Gerald (Jean). He also leaves - Aunt Doris Bowles, Uncles, George Bowles and Barrington Bowles. Brother-in-laws - Clearance Hunt, (Thelma); Robert Hunt (Sandy), Jeremiah Hunt (Ann), Alvin Hunt; sister-in-law Anita Woodard (Keith) and nieces, nephews, cousins; as well as devoted friends.\n\nIN LIEU OF FLOWERS, the family is requesting that a donation be made to Virginia Union University (in memo section) Dr. Phillip W. Archer-Scholarship Fund.\n\nRemains rest at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St., where the family will receive friends on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6-7 P.M.\n\nFuneral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA. Rev. Ralph Hodge, Pastor, Officiating. Interment Maury Cemetery.