SPS mourns the loss of longtime faculty member and former Interim Rector
The St. Paul’s School community mourns the loss of former faculty member and Interim Rector, Clifford J. Gillespie, who passed away this weekend at the age of 88.
Gillespie started his St. Paul’s School career in 1964, joining the science faculty. Affectionately nicknamed “The Rock,” Gillespie served as head of house, head of the Science Department, coach, dean of students, and Interim Rector (1996-97) in his 33-year tenure.
An All-American lacrosse player at the University of New Hampshire, Gillespie began his teaching career at nearby Proctor Academy in 1959 and also started the lacrosse program at the school. In his 21 years as head coach of the SPS varsity squad, Gillespie compiled a record of 170 wins and 91 losses and led the team to five Northern New England championships, including three undefeated seasons. In 1994, Gillespie became the first-ever high school lacrosse coach to receive the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association’s prestigious Carrol Award for his contributions to the growth of the game and was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001.
Following his departure from SPS, Gillespie coached the varsity lacrosse team at neighboring Bow High School for two seasons in 1998 and 1999. Lauded by former players as an inspiring and fair leader, Gillespie remained a staple at SPS alumni lacrosse games during Anniversary Weekend, reconnecting with players he had coached and patrolling the sideline with clipboard in hand.