Remembering Gillian R. Gilhool

Gillian Gilhool at the Law Center's 50th anniversary celebration in 2019
Gillian R. Gilhool at the Law Center’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019

May 31, 2024 – It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Gillian R. Gilhool’s passing. Gillian, though not formally affiliated with the Law Center, was an integral part of our family as the wife of our esteemed former co-director, Thomas Gilhool. Her journey as a 1964 Yale Law School graduate led her through significant roles, including serving under District Attorney Arlen Specter and Superintendent Mark Shedd at the School District of Philadelphia; as Director of Temple University’s Center City Campus; as Executive Director of the YWCA of Philadelphia. Her dedication extended beyond local realms as she represented NGOs at the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and as a Legislative Director for the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.

Gillian’s impact was not solely defined by her professional endeavors; she provided unwavering mentorship to countless individuals from diverse backgrounds, embodying a profound commitment to social justice. Her influence was palpable within the Law Center, where she contributed her insights to numerous briefs, especially those concerning community services for persons with disabilities. And she made sure those briefs got submitted on time!

In addition to being a pillar of strength for Tom, Gillian’s warmth and generosity touched the lives of many. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion and advocacy that will continue to inspire us all. Our thoughts are with her daughter Bridget, son Nicholas, their spouses and four grandchildren.

Gillian Gilhool in 1966
Gillian Gilhool in 1966