†After graduating from Saint Joseph's College
in 1952 with a bachelorís degree in mathematics, Phil Gilbert began studies for
the Priesthood with the Society of the Precious Blood.† In 1961, following ordination and the year of
internship type training as a priest, he was assigned to
† 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, that building housed the so-called "math lab." Such a name was in vogue during those days to describe such places which displayed manipulative materials for elementary through secondary school mathematics.† The replacement math lab was then set up in its new place on the third floor of Xavier Hall -- as it was named then; it is currently "The McHale Building; Xavier Hall".† This restoration was done with the support of the then reigning administrative officers, and a host of student workers.
† In 2009, the math items were transferred to the Evans Science and Arts Building, room 207. There the math objects are available to the students in PLE (Professional Learning Experiences) for their utilization in the elementary and secondary classrooms.