Joseph Glickman, who went by the nickname “Chickie,” passed away on May 21, 2018, only weeks away from his 103rd birthday.
Chickie cared deeply about Judaism and the Jewish people. Chickie enjoyed discussing Jewish philosophy, exploring the meaning of Shabbat and kosher laws, and arguing about Israel. And he was laser focused on our students, providing Hillel with the means to help our young people build community, connect with fellow students, and explore their Jewish heritage.
A neighbor of UC San Diego Hillel, Chickie was devoted to our students and our building project. Two years ago, at the age of 100, he made the lead, $5 million gift to fund construction of our new facility, the Beverly and Joseph Glickman Hillel Center.
After the unanimous approval of the Glickman Center plans by San Diego’s City Council last fall, Chickie planted a pomegranate tree on the site of the future facility. That tree will grow in the Glickman Center’s courtyard, blossoming with fruit each fall as students return to campus.
Chickie had a passion for life and adventure. He was a commercially rated pilot (even though he only flew for fun and set world records). He collected rare cars, sailed boats, traveled the world in his plane with his wife by his side, sculpted and painted and collected art. He was a voracious reader right up to his last days. He had a passion for Israel and he deeply loved his family as they did him. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Galinson (Herbert Solomon), chair of our Capital Campaign Honorary Committee, and his two sons, Edward and Robert.
Chickie’s memory is a great blessing. He will be missed dearly.