Richard C Gilman

Graduating class of 1941



Dr. Gilman was born in Cambridge, MA and moved to Manchester in 1939, when his father secured a job here. He attended Central in his junior and senior years. He then went to Dartmouth where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944, the first step on the road to an eventual doctorate. In his 31 year academic career, Dr. Gilman had many appointments. He was a Teaching Fellow in Religion at Dartmouth, and a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Boston University from where he received his Ph.D. In 1950, he began a six year stay at Colby College in Maine where he taught Philosophy and Religion. From 1956 to 1960, Dr. Gilman served as Executive Director of the National Council on Religion in Higher Education in New Haven, CT. He then was appointed Dean of the College at Carleton College in Minnesota. When Occidental College in Los Angeles was seeking a new president, it promptly turned to a distinguished educator/administrator, Dr. Richard C. Gilman. He served as the school's President from 1965 until his retirement in 1988. He has been a member of the board of directors of many national education organizations, and an educational consultant to numerous corporations and foundations. During the establishment of the Department of Education, he served as Executive Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition, he was chosen by the U.S. State Department to participate in education-related missions to a number of foreign countries. Though many years removed from Manchester, and currently a resident of Pasadena, California, Dr. Gilman remembers the city fondly. "Manchester remained my home town' for many years, including the time I spent in military service and in graduate school".