50th Reunion

Having enlisted in the Naval Reserve during our senior year, my orders came through to report in September '42 for basic training at Navy Pier in Chicago, and four months later I was an Ensign aboard a PC boat assigned to escort duty in the Caribbean. Our next assignment was as a landing control ship and we were sent out to the South Pacific and operated as such in the Philippine Islands during the battle of Leyte Gulf.


During the war and before we were ordered to the Pacific, Hope Brigden (Smith '41) and I were married and we just celebrated our 48th anniversary in September. We have two children and four grandchildren, all living in the New England area.

Through a chance meeting at the New York Advertising Club after the war, I met a man who sold advertising space for Life Magazine. Since I was looking for a career in sales, I followed up his lead and landed a clerical job in Life Magazine's New York sales office, and this led to 36 enjoyable years with Time, Inc. (now known as Time Warner, Inc.).

My career took me from the New York sales office to ten years in the Detroit office, then back to New York as manager of the Alcoholic Beverage Category. After that I became manager of the Philadelphia office, then manager of the Chicago office and finally Midwest Sales Manager. It was at this point that we folded the weekly edition of Life Magazine and I came back to Detroit as Automotive Category Manager for Sports Illustrated.

Robert-Gilfert-2 I retired from Sports Illustrated nine years ago and am enjoying retirement by keeping in touch with the Detroit advertising and business scene via membership in the Adcraft Club of Detroit, the Senior Men's Club of Birmingham and Orchard Lake Country Club. We manage to break the back of Michigan winters via annual trips to Arizona and enjoying boating, swimming and the beautiful mountainous scenery of New Hampshire and Lake Winnipesaukee in the summertime.

Freshman Basketball team. Gilfert, second row, sixth from the right