- Phil Gatch at the August Phi Delta Psi lunch - 2009 - Photo in the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
Brother Phil Gatch was initiated into the Beta Chapter of the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity in the Fall of 1959. After completing his studies at Pierce College, Phil earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge. Br. Gatch received his masters in planning and public administration from the University of Southern California in 1970, and his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Northridge. He spent three years as a planner at the city of West Covina before eventually becoming the city manager for the city of Thousand Oaks.
Phil Gatch began his career in Thousand Oaks as one of three planning staff members in 1967. He was named planning director in 1970, the same year the current General Plan was adopted. The planning department was changed to the community development department in the mid-nineties, encompassing planning, building, housing, and code compliance with a staff of 76.
Brother Phil and his deceased wife Nancy had four children.