Newsmakers the Week of December 12, 2013


Art connoiseur Derek Gillman, who helped shepherd the Barnes Foundation from the Main Line to Center City, leaves  for a teaching job in West Philly at Drexel University.

Derek Gillman, who shepherded the world-prominent Barnes art collection from its longtime Main Line home to its current site in Center City, has announced he will be leaving his post as executive director/president of the Barnes Foundation. Gillman will be moving to Drexel University, where he will serve as a visiting professor at the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Associated with the Barnes since 2006, Gillman spearheaded its $200 million campaign drive, which targeted $150 million for the museum, with the remainder for its endowment.

Julian Krinsky, acclaimed as a tennis pro and instructor as well as for his Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, which have offered customized programs for close to four decades, is teaming up with Camp Ramah in the Poconos to create Ramah Tennis Academy: Powered by Julian Krinsky. Target audience for the lessons will be campers in grades 5 to 10, during the camp’s second session. The academy will begin operation next summer.

Ronald S. Lauder, his brother, Leonard A., and his nephew, William P., have pledged to match up to half the amount raised for a five-year $20 million campaign in support of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. The campaign’s official title is: The Lauder Institute Challenge: Investing in Global Leaders. Ronald S. is board chairman of the institute and chairman of Estée Lauder’s
Clinique Laboratories; his brother is board chairman emeritus of Estée Lauder; his nephew is the board’s executive chairman. All three are Wharton grads.

Steve Bilsky, longtime athletics director at the University of Pennsylvania, has announced his retirement, setting the date at June 30. During his nearly 20 years in the post, Penn has won 71 Ivy League titles. Bilsky’s emphasis on athletes being academically focused has drawn national praise over the years. As a student-athlete himself at Penn, Bilsky made All-Ivy as basketball guard for three years. Among his honors, he is a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as well as the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

A multiple award-winning travel writer, including the SATW Gold Lowell Thomas Award, Margie Goldsmith, class of 1961, has been inducted into the Abington Senior High School Hall of Fame. Goldsmith is also an accomplished author and triathlete.

Howard M. Klein of Conrad O'Brien PC has been named Lawyer of the Year 2014 by Best Lawyers in the field of medical malpractice law-defendants.

Geoff Gross, founder and CEO of Medical Guardian in Center City, had his company saluted by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing firms, making the national top quarter. The company, which offers Personal Emergency Response Systems, also was named to the magazine’s lists of Top 100 Health Companies, Top 100 Pennsylvania Companies and Best of the Philadelphia Metro Area.

Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the U.S. District Court has been named recipient of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Also: Sayde J. Ladov, former Bar chancellor, has been honored with its PNC Achievement Award.

Rachel Lefkowitz has been named president of Old York Road Youth, which serves Beth Sholom Congregation and Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, but is open for all in the community. An 11th grader at Lower Merion High School, Rachel is the daughter of Miriam and Harold Lefkowitz, members of Beth Sholom. OYR was just honored at a regional convention for Event of the Year, Chapter of the Year and Adviser of the Year, which went to Ami Monson.


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