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Friday, April 1, 2011

Gil Gladden, activist and former Board of Ed member


Longtime Plainfield resident and activist Gil Gladden.
 
Word has come of the passing of Isom 'Gil' Gladden, Jr., longtime Plainfield activist and former Board of Education member (see online obituary here).

Gil was a regular fixture at both City Council and Board of Education meetings for many years, as well as following many communitywide activities.

A 1948 graduate of Virginia Union University, Gil was a member of Omega Psi Phi and active in fraternity matters for over 60 years, serving as Basileus and Vice Basileus of the Mu Omega (Philadelphia) chapter, and was selected as 'Omega Man of the Year' by the Plainfield Omicron Chi chapter in 2005.

Besides his Board of Education service, Gil served on the boards of the United Plainfield Housing Corporation and the Plainfield Branch of the NAACP.

The Board of Education adopted a  resolution acknowledging Gil's contributions to the community and extending its condolences to the family on Tuesday evening.

Gil and his wife Mary, a retired Plainfield schools principal, moved from their home of many years in Plainfield to the Petersburg, Virginia area in 2007.

His many Plainfield friends are invited to extend their condolences to the family at --

Mrs. Mary Gladden
1210 Wellington Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
or visit the online guestbook here.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this--Gil was a pistol! (in the best sense of that word!)

Rebecca

Carol Davis said...

So sad to learn of Gil's passing. I will be in touch with Mary.

Anonymous said...

How sad to hear this ..they were a dynamic couple! Each in their capacities did so much to help Plainfield students. We all should leave this world a better place, Gil did and I'm sure Mary is continuing in Virginia. jbandomer

Jan said...

"Job well done," for Gil who was a good and faithful servant. It doesn't get any better than that. Our sincere condolences to Mary, his partner in a life well lived.

Henry and Jan Johnson