Cynthia Cross Written by  Mar 29, 2017

PDS Names Paul Trowbridge Gillespie, Jr. ‘59 as 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

PDS is proud to announce the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus: Paul Trowbridge Gillespie, Jr. ‘59

Trow Gillespie ‘59Trow graduated from PDS, MUS, and Vanderbilt University. He worked for First Tennessee Investment Management, Inc., co-founded Southeastern Asset Management, and co-founded NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. where he currently serves as Principal and President. He has served many organizations as a board member, and continues to be involved in the community. He is married to Elizabeth Johnston Gillespie, and they have three sons, Paul III, Stuart, and John.

Trow was honored at a reception at the home of Courtney and Fred Schaeffer ’82. The following day, Trow was the guest speaker at chapel speaking to the PDS boys and special guests.

Headmaster Steve Hancock remarked that many great things would not be possible if PDS did not stand on such a firm foundation. “Trow Gillespie is a very integral part of that foundation,” said Mr. Hancock. Trow graduated from PDS in 1959. His 3 sons attended PDS, and he served on the PDS Board of Trustees and was the chairman of one of our earliest capital campaigns.

“To be a Success” was Trow’s 6th grade ambition written in the yearbook. He has been just that and continues to be. His love for his family, his success in business, his civic and philanthropic generosity, his warmth and his ability to enjoy life have truly set him apart. Trow is distinguished, and we are proud and humbled to be able to name him as the 2017 PDS Distinguished Alumnus.

Established in 2008, The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given each year to a PDS alumnus who demonstrates a love for the school and represents the goals, ideals, and imagination of Presbyterian Day School.

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