Eighth grader Gabe and 21 other Gilman Middle School wrestlers, fought their way into the St. Paul's Tournament awards ceremony.
Honoring Gabe Donnay '08
Accomplished musician and creative marvel. Quick-witted intellectual. Compassionate lover of people. Beloved brother, son, classmate, and friend.
Gabriel F. "Gabe" Donnay '08 left this world on Monday, March 29, 2021, the victim of a tragic crime at his Los Angeles home, leaving an unfillable void in those who knew, respected, and loved him.
Four celebrations of life took place following his death — two near his home in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles and two in Baltimore. Dozens from the Gilman community and beyond — countless loved ones and acquaintances alike — all spoke of Gabe's incredible talents, curiosity, and compassion.
In memory of his spirit, generosity, and humility — and in celebration of Gabe's moral strength and character — his brother, Theo '12, close friends from his Middle and Upper School days on Roland Avenue, and his family seek to give back to Gilman in Gabe's name. Please read on for more on Gabe's years at Gilman and the opportunity to honor his remarkable life.
For more on Gabe's SENSELESS death and the resulting outpouring of support from both the east and west coastS, please read this article from the Los Angeles Times.
With support from the Gilman Development Office, Gabe's dearest friends and family wish to give back to Gilman in celebration of his generous spirit by establishing a fund or a named space in his honor.
The outcome of this giving effort and its ultimate designation is contingent on the level of support and total funds raised in Gabe's honor.
NAMED SPACE ON CAMPUS: Goal - $500,000 - $1 million
Gabe’s love of music started at the age of six, when he began learning the violin. Soon came the piano, the bass, acoustic and electric guitar, the mandolin, the drums, and even the triangle in the Gilman School band. To honor Gabe and to share his love of music for generations to come, we hope to create the Gabe Donnay recording studio at Gilman.
MUSIC TEACHING FELLOW: Incremental Goal - $500,000
Gabe explored and enjoyed all genres of music — classical, jazz, rock and roll, folk, bluegrass and much, much more. Gabe loved his Gilman teachers and coaches. In this spirit, should we exceed our first goal, it would be our hope to endow an annual music fellow to join the Gilman community.
How Gabe Gave to GILMAN
A look back: Gabe's Gilman Portfolio
Managing to embrace and find great success in both his passions in adulthood, Gabe was, at the time of his death, directing data science for System1, a digital marketing company in Venice, Calif., by day and creating music as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with the band Satchmode by night. Long before these professional achievements, Gabe was shining a light at Gilman. Revisit his days as a Hound and his many contributions to the School through this electronic portfolio.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Honor Roll: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades
Cum Laudes Society: 2007 and 2008
Brown University Alumni Book Award: 2007
AP Scholar w/Distinction: 2007
Finalist 2008 National Merit Scholar
Armstrong Prize for (Prose): 2008
Janvier Science Prize: 2008
ARTISTIC AND ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Gabe performed as Phillip Lombard in Gilman and Bryn Mawr's production of Agatha Christie’s "Ten Little Indians."
Though a young team, the 2006 Gilman Varsity Wrestling team managed a production season.
Read Gabe's "I Found a Brick This Morning" on page 30 of the Spring 2007 Paragon.
Gabe and his bandmates from August are featured in a story in the June 2007 issue of the News.
Gabe bylined an article about the new incoming interim Headmaster, Mr. John Schmick, as a contributor to the May 2007 News.
In the October 2007 issue of the News, Gabe shares his thoughts on the must-see shows of the season. Check out his list on page 3.
Spend a moment with Gabe's "One Day at A Time" on page 9. Gabe was also on the Literary Review Board for this Winter 2008 issue of Paragon.
Gabe's "Harrington Park," a poem tied to impending loss, can be read on page 31 of the Spring 2008 Paragon, yet another literary magazine issue for which Gabe was on the Literary Review Board.
A GILMAN BOY