87-year-old Muriel Gilman was very active and highly respected for her involvement in community service in Delaware.
Gilman died Thursday evening, according to the News Journal. Gilman worked for 23-years at the United Way of Delaware, serving as executive vice president from 1984 to 1988. During that time, the United Way grew from just 12 staffers to more than 40, and the fundraising campaign went from $4 million to $15 million.
Gilman was also a consultant to the University of Delaware’s College of Health and Nursing Services from 1988 to 2003, during which she led a campaign that raised more than one million dollars to establish an endowment fund for scholarships at UD’s College of Nursing.
She joined the Board of Directors at WHYY in September of 2009. WHYY President and CEO William Marazzo praised her contributions to the community:
“Muriel was the consumate WHYY board director. She attended virtually all of our community outreach efforts in Delaware and was quick to assume the lead post for a new institutional advancement committee in the state of Delaware. As recently as last weekend she helped us greet many of our major donors at a social and was as always, charming, interesting and a compelling spokesperson for WHYY.
Our thoughts are with Muriel’s children, Martha and Peter, and their families.”
Gilman’s leadership in the community has been recognized dozens of times over the years. She was on the board of the Delaware Community Foundation. They established the Muriel Gilman Award as a tribute to her community service and as a volunteer. The award will be presented Thursday March 10th to First Lady Carla Markell. Here’s a list of some of the other awards Muriel Gilman has received for her service to the state. We also invite you to offer your comments as well.
1988 – Statement in Observance of Muriel Gilman Day
Governor Michael N. Castle proclaimed Thursday, December 1, 1988 as Muriel E. Gilman Day in the State of Delaware and urged all Delawareans to recognize the contributions Muriel has made to the community.
1993 – American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware (ACLU) Award
For outstanding leadership in the cause of civil liberties in Delaware. Received jointly with husband, Marvin S. Gilman.
1995 – Josiah Marvel Cup Award
Presented by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce for Community Service. Received jointly with husband, Marvin S. Gilman.
1998 – United Way of Delaware Chairman’s Award
For community service.
1999 – Salute to Pioneer Women
Presented by the Boy Scouts Exploring Division for community leadership and service.
1999 – “She Knows Where She Is Going” Award
Presented by Girls, Inc. for community service and leadership in volunteerism.
2000 – The Annual Sydney Steele Award
Presented by The Lorelton, an assisted living facility, for community service.
2002 – J. Thompson Brown Award
Presented by Children and Families First for outstanding contributions to family life in Delaware.
2002 – Alexis de Tocqueville Award
Humanitarian award for outstanding community advocacy through philanthropic involvement, service and support of United Way of Delaware and the community.
2003 – National Family Week Advocacy Award
On behalf of Children and Families First and the Alliance for Children and Families in recognition of outstanding support of policies that enhance the lives of children and families for the betterment of the Community of Wilmington, Delaware.
2004 – Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award
In recognition and grateful appreciation for the generous support, time, talent and energy as a volunteer.
2004 – National Conference of Community & Justice Delaware Region Award (formerly National Conference of Christians & Jews)
Honoree, for leadership and dedication to inclusion for all people in Delaware; to combat bigotry and help build strong communities.
2004 – Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Brooklyn College Alumni Association Post 50th Alumni in recognition of a distinguished career and outstanding achievements which have contributed to the living history of Brooklyn College.
2005 – Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women
Recognized for outstanding service to the home, the community, the state and the nation.
2006 – YWCA Delaware – Evening of Style Award –
For “Power, Style and Brilliance”
2006 – The 21st Century Fund for Delaware Children, Inc. established the Muriel E. Gilman Award to be granted annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to improve the lives of at-risk children in Delaware
2007 – American Lung Association of Delaware Recipient of the Dr. Leonard P. Lang Award for commitment to the health of the Delaware Community and service to the American Lung Association of Delaware
2009 – Children & Families First
Jefferson award for Public Service
2009 Metropolitan Urban League – Lions and Legions Celebration
James H Gilliam, Jr. Humanitarian Award
Presented to a Delawarean who makes generous contributions of their time and resources in support of the community.