George Hess '55, Alumnus and President of the Board (1990-1994)

George Hess '55 became Gilman's first Jewish student when he enrolled in 1947. As a student, he sang in the Glee Club and was a two-year varsity wrestler and lacrosse player. Hess began serving on the Board of Trustees in 1968, serving as treasurer from 1980 to 1985, vice president from 1985 to 1990, and president of the Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1994. Below are some excerpts from a 2011 oral history interview with Mac Barrett '67.


Hess discusses his initial welcome to Gilman from the Class of 1955 (read the transcript).


Hess discusses his experience being the first Jewish student at Gilman (read the transcript).


Hess remembers his favorite Gilman teachers and what made them special (read the transcript).


As a lacrosse goalie for Gilman, Hess had a bet with the Assistant Coach Reddy Finney (read the transcript).