Donald Gilman, architect of Sinai Temple, dies at 102

Donald S. Gilman, 102, formerly of Springfield, died Sept. 1 in Tucson, AZ.
Gilman was a designer and renowned architect of many houses and buildings in the Springfield area, including Sinai Temple, Marcus Kiley Junior High School, Brunton Elementary School, and Veterans Park Elementary School in Ludlow. Gilman designed several shopping centers, National Guard Armories, and several branches of the Springfield Institution of Savings Bank. He was also the resident architect of the first Beth El Temple and was an associate architect for the Springfield Jewish Community Center.
Born in New Britain, Conn., Gilman was the son of the late Nathan and Fannie Gilman. He was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1926 and while there he was an outstanding athlete participating in soccer, swimming, basketball, crew, and tennis.
A graduate of the College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, he enlisted in the Navy Seebees during World War II. He was an emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects, a past president of the Western Mass. Chapter of AIA, and a vice-president and board member of the Springfield JCC for 20 years. He was also the first president in the East of AZA, junior B’nai Brith, and a past member of the brotherhoods of Sinai Temple and Beth El Temple.
He was the widower of Charlotte Steinberg Gilman, and his second wife Lydia Roberts Freeman. He is survived by two daughters, Ina Herman and her husband, Leon, of Longmeadow, and Janice Leff and her husband, Robert, of Tucson, AZ; two granddaughters, Cheryl Scolnick and her husband, Adam, and Naomi Herman; two great-grandchildren Ally and Jay Scolnick; several nieces and nephews; a step-daughter, Charlotte Williams of Bloomfield, Conn.; step son-in-law, Arthur Zalkan of California; and three step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Minnette Gilman Swirsky; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Zalkan. Memorial contributions can be made to Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108; Hartland Hospice Memorial, 333 North Summit St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086, or to the charity of your choice.


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