Harry Loftus Gillin, GPU’09, a former administrative assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, died on October 12 of cancer of the appendix. He was 32 years old.
Mr. Gillin was born in Lower Merion Township and graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore in 2006. In 2009, he earned a master’s degree in governmental administration with a concentration in politics from the Fels School of Government at Penn. He worked at Penn from 2007-2014, in the Penn Fund and in the gift accounting and administration department of Development & Alumni Relations. He subsequently worked as a data analyst for Sonepar USA.
Mr. Gillin volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans in 2011 and 2012. His family described him as a “man of others” who always put family and friends first.
He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth; his sisters, Deirdre Ruttle (Daniel) and Kayla Gillin; a niece, Molly Ruttle; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Development Office, St. Joseph’s Prep, 1733 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130, or in support of Ursina Teitelbaum and GI cancer research at Penn Medicine & Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.