An Intelligent and Dedicated Man

Born in 1924 in New York City, Howard was fiercely intelligent. He earned his high school diploma at the Hunter College Model School for gifted students and then graduated from Dartmouth College at the age of 19. He was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship, but with World War II at hand, he instead trained as a Japanese linguist and code-breaker for United States Naval Intelligence.

Howard became Chair and Chief Executive of the Gilman Paper Company in 1983, after the death of his father and younger brother, Charles. He helped the company continue to grow and profit while maintaining his family’s commitment to employee satisfaction and quality of life. He also made healthy forests one of the company’s top concerns, dedicating company efforts to replenishing raw materials and creating recyclable and biodegradable products.

In 1981, Howard created the Howard Gilman Foundation, which built upon the work of his father. He gave liberally to organizations devoted to science, medicine, education, endangered animals, social justice, and the visual and performing arts.

Above all, Howard was a man who protected all endangered beings; he sheltered the weak; he supported the struggling; he embraced the vulnerable.—Jeffrey Borer, MD, the Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Disease at SUNY Downstate