Fr. Philip Gilbert, C.PP.S. '52, began working at SJC in 1961. A longtime teacher and mentor, he has served in the Mathematics Department at SJC since 1964.
After graduating from SJC, Fr. Gilbert began studying for the priesthood with the Society of the Precious Blood. In 1961, following ordination and a year of training as a priest, he was assigned to SJC to begin work in the Mathematics Department. In January of 1962, he began graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Illinois and graduated in 1964. A few summer sessions at Purdue University provided him with some experience in numerical analysis along with a bit of probability and statistics.
In 1973, a fire destroyed the Administration Building on the SJC campus. At the time, the building housed a math laboratory managed by Fr. Gilbert. It displayed manipulative materials for elementary through secondary school mathematics. The replacement math lab was then set up in its current location, the third floor of McHale Hall. This restoration was done with the support of the SJC administration at the time and a host of student workers.
In 2009, the math items were transferred to the Evans Arts and Science Building. They are now available to the students in Professional Learning Experiences (PLE) to be utilized in the elementary and secondary classrooms.
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