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Gilliam, George

George Gilliam was born on August 14, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, though his time as a Brooklynite was short-lived: his family moved to New Hyde Park, NY, when his father returned from WWII in 1946.


George graduated from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1966, and began his sales career with U.S. Plywood in Albany, NY.  In the mid 80’s, George established his own sales agency, representing numerous building material manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. He retired from a long and satisfying career in December 2014.

George met Diane Tapley, the love of his life, while working at the New York World’s Fair during the summer of 1964. She was – and still is – the prettiest woman he’d ever seen, and he was somehow able to sweep her off her feet and convince her to marry him.

Fifty-two years later, George and Diane have two children: Drew, who works for Ring’s End in Darien, and Katy, who is a New York Times bestselling author. Katy is also the mother of Henry and Callie, George’s two terrific grandchildren, whom Katy and her husband are raising in nearby Ridgefield.

After spending 35 years in Darien, George moved to Norwalk, where he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, in addition to playing golf, bridge, bowling and taking long walks with Diane.

George became a proud member of the DMA in 2014, and is currently the chairman of DMA Cares, which makes the weekly announcements regarding the well-being of our members.



Book Discussion: Destined for War : Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? by Graham T Allison

CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES ARE HEADING TOWARD A WAR NEITHER WANTS. The reason is Thucydides’s Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece, the historian Thucydides explained: “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.” Over the past 500 years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times. Warbroke out in twelve of them. Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries “great again,” the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China is willing to scale back its ambitions or Washington can accept becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyberattack, or accident at sea could soon escalate into all-out war. In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today


Filmer, Chris

Born (1937and Educated in South Africa with a BA Business degree.
Lived in England for five years then returned to Cape Town SA before moving to Darien with PepsiCo International in 1977. Extensive world travel focused on Marketing and later Executive Training.
Wife Sandy and he live in Darien and have a vacation house in
the British Virgin Islands. They have six children between
them, three now living in England and three in either
Washington DC or Boulder CO.
Chris competed in US Senior Olympics Track and Field events
for seven years at a state and national level. He enjoys golf,
tennis and painting in oils.
Since retiring in 2001 –
-He has written a world history book for 12 year olds,
“Famous Lives” which includes 300 illustrations by him.
-Been very active in local nature conservation with the Darien
Land Trust and Friends of Selleck’s Woods, both of which he
headed as President.
– Other board positions have been with A Better Chance in
Darien, Creative Connections , The Darien Community
Association (and its Bird Sanctuary) and DMA

Bowling Picture

Plunkett, Robert

DeLeo, Frank

Kelly, Jim

Born September 1935 in Chicago, Jim grew up in Highland Park, IL. He graduated from DePauw University in 1957 with a BA in Economics-including a semester @ American U. seeing the government in action.  He was on the Golf Team and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

His work experience began with Union Carbide selling their consumer products in TX and Midwest, followed by a stint as a Media Buyer and Account Exec at Leo Burnett, ad agency in Chicago.

He spent the next 32 years in Broadcasting Advertising sales with Katz and Blair Television in their Chicago offices transferring to Blair’s New York office in 1971.  He held various sales management positions at Blair retiring in 1995 as Sr. VP new business.  During those years he had major interaction with most every major US network and television station group that provided an opportunity to be successfully involved in the TV station brokerage business as President-Television of Kepper, Tupper and Company of CT from 1995-2017.  He also is managing trustee of a family farm in Sullivan Co. IN since 2004.

Jim married his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Phelps, also from Highland Park IL, in October 1958-they are looking forward to celebrating their 60th anniversary next month.

The family moved to Darien in 1971 and he and Betsy have remained in town since then.  Their two adult daughters and their families now reside in Simsbury, CT and Cumberland Foreside, ME.  Their adult son and his wife live in Manhattan.  All of their 3 kids went to Darien schools thru High school.  They have 5 grandchildren-2 boys and 3 girls.  The eldest boy and girl are through college and working, another granddaughter is a freshman @ Penn State and the youngest granddaughter is a junior in HS.  Their other grandson is successfully involved in a special needs program in the Portland ME area.

Besides enjoying the golf, special events and other programs DMA offers, Jim is a member of Noroton Presbyterian Church, Woodway Country Club, various area senior golf, tennis and paddle groups.  Other interests include volunteering at Person to Person, fitness, travel, jazz music and being an ardent sports fan-still heavily tilted to rooting for his favorite Chicago teams.


Mace, David

David Mace was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Amherst College, 1960 and the University of Virginia Law School, 1964.  He began practicing law in New York City with the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft.  In 1966 he joined Irving Trust Company as General Counsel.  Mr. Mace was elected President of Irving Trust in 1984 and retired from the bank in 1990 following the merger with Bank of New York.

After retiring from Irving, Mr. Mace became Chairman of Pacific Fruit, Inc., a holding company for the Luis Noboa family (Guayaquil, Ecuador) companies, which include shipping, banking, insurance and the banana export business under the Bonita label. Mr. Mace left Pacific Fruit in 1996 to join Northern Trust Company of Connecticut.  He retired from Northern in 2003 as Chairman and CEO.

Mr. Mace is an Emeritus Trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary where he served as Chairman of the Board from 2001-2005.  He was a director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Ct. from 2005-2010. He is Founder and Chairman of the Fairfield County Microinvestors Council, a group of Christian families in Connecticut who have worked in collaboration with World Vision and Vision Fund International on microlending projects in Ecuador, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Senegal. Mr. Mace was one of the original directors of Vision Fund beginning in 2004 and was elected Chairman of VFI in 2010.  He retired as a Vision Fund Director in November 2013.

Mr. Mace is married to Rosemary Hull. They are the parents of three adult children and six grandchildren living in London, England, Wilton, CT and New York City. The Maces belong to the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT where they were married in 1961.


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Hike Zofrass Preserve

DCA Art Lecture Series: Human Form in Space: Sculpture Four Thursday Lectures: October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11:00am


For the link to the DCA Website:  DCA Art lecture Series

Piper, Donald

Born in Brooklyn, NY 1935. Moved to Stamford – 1945, where I still reside, seasonal  lakehouse on Lake George, in Adirondacks, where I reside bet. May & November.
Graduated from SHS-1953.  BFA from Syracuse Univ.1957,  member Psi Upsilon Fraternity.
3 Years in US Army as photographer & TV Production specialist, + a tour of duty in Korea 1959.  1960-69 staff photog. for SSC&B Advertising in NYC. 1969-88 advertising & fashion photog. for Burlington Industries in NYC, as well as travel assignments around the USA. Thereafter, a few years of free-lance work, until true retirement circa.1998.
Involved in volunteer work, at Stamford Soup kitchen, Food Bank, & P2P. also a member of SMAS-Senior Men’s Assn.of Stamford.
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