Howard Gilman

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Howard Gilman
Born15 February 1924
Died3 January 1998
Parent(s)Sylvia Gilman

Howard Gilman (February 15, 1924 – January 3, 1998) was descendant of Isaac Gilman, who had founded the Gilman Paper Company in 1884.


Gilman was born and raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He attended Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York, and received his bachelor's degree in 1944 from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Gilman died in 1998 of a heart attack at age 73, at his White Oak Plantation near Jacksonville, Florida. He had $1.1 billion in assets, and $550 million of debt. As he was childless, he donated his assets to the Howard Gilman Foundation. The Brooklyn Academy of Music has the Howard Gilman Opera House. The Howard Gilman Gallery houses his extensive collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Howard Gilman Theatre is located at Lincoln Center.[1]


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (1998-01-05). "Howard Gilman, Executive And Philanthropist, Dies at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-01. Howard Gilman, the chairman of the Gilman Paper Company, who was a philanthropist and a collector of photographs and other art, died on Saturday on an estate near Jacksonville, Florida. He was 73 and lived in midtown Manhattan.