Dear Gilman Community,
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Gilman's beloved Redmond "Reddy" C. S. Finney. Mr. Finney passed away overnight after being admitted to a hospital near his summer home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.
Mr. Finney graduated from Gilman in June 1947. In addition to being awarded the Fisher Medallion, the highest honor given to a student each year, he won letters in football, lacrosse, and wrestling as well as being a member of the newspaper and yearbook staffs and a member of the debating club.
Mr. Finney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1951. During his senior year, he was captain of the wrestling team and named All-American in football and lacrosse. Following graduation, he served two years in Korea in the Amphibious Corps of the Navy. Mr. Finney also went on to earn his Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He joined the Gilman faculty in 1954 to teach history, mathematics, and religion, and to coach football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Prior to his 1968 appointment as Headmaster, Mr. Finney served as Upper School director of discipline, faculty advisor to the honor committee, and a member of the admissions committees.
Mr. Finney established many firsts at Gilman. To name a few, in the summer of 1967, he co-founded Gilman Upward Bound, a federally funded educational program for children from impoverished backgrounds; in 1989, he formalized the tri-school coordination program with The Bryn Mawr School and Roland Park Country School; and he served as inspiration for the Finney Athletic Center, an annual student award, and the newly established Finney-Greene Program. He is also a co-founder of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.), which supports academically ambitious African American students with financial need from the Baltimore area. Mr. Finney retired in 1992, after a storied 38-year career at Gilman.
Mr. Finney was the North Star encouraging generations of Gilman men to discover their own true north. It goes without saying that he was a tremendous positive force in countless people's lives. He shaped Gilman's history and diversity in ways that we continue to celebrate today, developing men of character from boys of promise for more than four decades. His impact extends beyond the halls of Gilman as he gave the same energy and passion to the community of Baltimore.
We will share arrangement information as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to the Finney family.
Henry P. A. Smyth
Mark R. Fetting '72
President of the Board of Trustees
Click here to read Mr. Finney's obituary from the Baltimore Sun. We encourage you to share your fondest memories of the late Mr. Finney in the form below.