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Recap: Fall 2023 D.C. Regional Alumni Reception

Typical D.C. traffic delays couldn't stop the more than 30 Gilman alumni and friends of Gilman who gathered for drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres at the University Club in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to kick off the holiday season. The Club's Keefer Library was the perfect setting for lively discussions on topics ranging from Gilman to careers, family, travel, holiday plans, and more.

After an hour of steady arrivals and mingling, co-host and Trustee Duane Holloway '90 welcomed the group. Duane spoke passionately about the life-changing nature of his Gilman experience and the resulting reverence he holds for the School and the Greyhound mentors who guided him along the way, including former Headmaster Redmond C. S. Finney, Sr. He then passed the mic over to his co-host and fellow 12-year man, Sam Knowles '90. Sam thanked his alma mater for caring for his father, Ted Knowles '60, who was also in attendance and who paved the way for his Gilman education. As Sam described, Gilman went above and beyond to support Ted after his father's untimely passing in 1954. Sam highlighted the Gilman Five and made specific anecdotal references to essential lessons in citizenship.

To close the evening's remarks, Head of School Henry P. A. Smyth shared a thorough review of the state of the School. He took time to reflect on his experience as a father of two Gilman boys and, in so doing, shared his profound appreciation for their growth and love for the School. A vigorous Q&A segment followed. Afterward, there was just enough time to converse and laugh in smaller groups over the delicious food.


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