Irwin Gellman is an interesting combination of author, scholar, speaker and businessman.
Gellman was born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore. His bachelors and masters degrees are from the University of Maryland in College Park. He received his doctorate in diplomatic history from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Dr. Gellman taught for a decade at Morgan State College in Baltimore and also served as an academic dean. From 2001-2003, h was a Research Fellow at the California State Library. At Chapman University, he held the Allergan Chair of Modern American History from 1999-2000 and was Director of the Center for Cold War Studies from 1997 -2000. He was Trustees’ Professor from 1997-2000. He also taught at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and 2001. After moving back to the East Coast in late 2004, he served as a Visiting Professor of History from 2005-2012 and as Visiting Professor from 2012-2014 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
He has given speeches across the United States; has been widely interviewed on radio and television; and has been featured in documentaries about President Eisenhower. He was part of the July 20, 2009 NPR radio program, “How They Saw It,” A remembrance of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
Gellman’s first three books featured Franklin Roosevelt and his administration. His fourth book, The Contender: Richard Nixon, The Congress Years 1946-1952 was published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in 1999. His fifth book, The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon 1952-1961, published by Yale University Press in 2015, is a painstaking look at the Eisenhower Administration, the relationship between Eisenhower and Nixon and the politics of the 1950s. His article, “The St. Louis Tragedy” was the basis of the movie The Voyage of the Damned.
Dr. Gellman served as an advisor to the Miller Center’s Presidential Recording project at the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2002. In Newport Beach, he was active on the Literacy Council of the Newport Beach Public Library form 1995 to 2005.
He lived in Southern California for many years where he owned a successful real estate business that specialized in syndications and property management. He and his wife were active as volunteers in numerous non-profits, including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the UCI Humanities Associates. They also served on the California State Library Foundation Board from 1995 to 1998.
The Gellmans currently live in the Philadelphia suburbs.