Warren Campbell 'Gil' Gilfillan
Local Outdoor School founder Warren "Mr. Gil" Gilfillan has died at age 97. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Gilfillan served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He spent his career in the outdoors with organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the Oregon Fish Commission and earned degrees from both Washington State University (BS) and the University of Oregon (MS).
In 1966, Gilfillan launched the regional "Outdoor School" program and considered it his life's work. The ground- breaking environmental science camp for sixth graders brought a hands-on approach to learning about nature. Mr. Gil believed that teaching children how natural systems work was essential to their making informed choices as adults and ensuring a sustainable future.
He made his home in Charbonneau and is survived by his wife of 69 years Doreen; son Ian (Nancy), daughter Jule; grandsons Matthew (Laura) and Kevin (Lindsey); and three great-grandchildren (Andrew, Aria and Asher Campbell Gilfillan).
A celebration of life will be held later. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Friends of Outdoor School, OPB, The Mazamas. Lelooska Foundation.
Gilfillan was profiled in the Tribune in 2016: