April 26, 2017

Tree planting will honor ‘Chef Jim’ Gilmore

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A tree will be planted this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in honor of James “Chef Jim” Gilmore, a longtime employee who left his mark on the campus and those who knew him.

A Japanese lilac tree will be planted at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 28, behind Lentz Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The tree was purchased with donations made by members of the SIU community in honor of Gilmore, who passed away at his home in Murphysboro at the age of 48 on April 22, 2016.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Gilmore had utilized his culinary skills in New York, Colorado, Georgia and other locales across the country before coming to SIU where he initially worked at the Student Center. He had been a chef for University Housing since 2008.