Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. In 1993, he made the then-largest private donation to a public park when he promised $17 million if the Conservancy and the municipality did the same. My sincerest condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one, Please except my deepest sympathies. Visit the new Gilder Lehrman Institute Gift Shop here. The trustees and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the larger community of teachers and students they serve, are profoundly saddened by the death of Richard Gilder. She also modeled for, and was an unrequited love of, the painter Winslow Homer. Perhaps the most prominent Gilder effort at his alma mater is the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). He had the openness and courage to face America’s past with honesty, but he also believed in the potential of people and of our country to continue to pursue those ideals and make life better for all. Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. After the Confederates were defeated in the Battle of Gettysburg, Gilder and his unit were mustered out in August. Richard Watson Gilder and Helena de Kay Gilder are known to have kept a lengthy correspondence with each other via letter over the course of their marriage. Please contact Find a Grave at if you need help resetting your password. He was a cherished husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and grandfather who played a pivotal role in our extended family. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. After working at the brokerage firm of A.G. Becker & Co., Gilder founded the firm now known as Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. in 1968. Gilder's daughter, Rosamond Gilder, edited Letters of Richard Watson Gilder, published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 1916. " Professor David Blight memorialized Gilder for the Yale Macmillan Center, writing, “Above all Dick was a great New Yorker, an extraordinary and generous Yale University graduate, class of 1954, and a visionary citizen and lover of the history of his country, its flaws and its triumphs.”, The American Council of Trustees and Alumni noted in its memoriam that “for their joined efforts at the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Mr. Gilder and Mr. Lehrman were awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005.”, In Charlottesville, Virginia, nodding to Richard Gilder’s service on the board of trustees at Monticello, the Daily Progress remembered that Gilder famously said, “The only reason to be on a board is to do something big.”, The City Journal reminded the world that “Gilder was inspired to start the [Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History] after hearing a lecture on the horrors of trans-Atlantic slavery; he set out to make such lectures available to K-12 teachers.”, Philanthropy, the quarterly journal of the Philanthropy Roundtable remembered Richard Gilder as the “patron of Parks, History, and Problem-Solving.”, Richard Brookhiser, in a personal tribute to Richard Gilder in the National Review, opined that “perhaps the most vital of [Richard Gilder’s] efforts was his founding and patronage, along with his friend Lewis Lehrman, of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History” which “refreshed the discipline from the bottom up” and has “been recognized, personally and fervently, by the many thousands of teachers and students they have helped, instructed, and inspired.”. Share RICHARD's life story with friends and family. Try again later. Richard Gilder Jr., a fifth-generation New Yorker known for his tweedy professorial appearance, was born on May 31, 1932, in Manhattan, the great-great-grandson of … With Lewis Lehrman he was a co-founder (1994) and trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. He was chairman emeritus of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think-tank, and the Club for Growth, a conservative political action committee, to which his ex-wife Virginia James continues to be a major donor. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. He was the son of Jane (Nutt) Gilder and the Rev. Gilder died on May 12, 2020, at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 87. One of his daughters, Virginia Gilder (born 1958), also a Yale graduate, was a member of the American women's quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Father of Private; Private; Private and Private Verify and try again. Plant a tree to honor the memory of your loved one. He died just shy of his 88th birthday.