The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) congratulates Philip Gow Jr. on being awarded the Second Annual Harlan Calkins Fellowship. The stipend carries with it $3000, with which Philip will pursue diplomatic history under the direction of AHI President Robert Paquette.
Philip is a 2022 graduate of Hamilton College, where he majored in government. His thesis argued in favor of the Abraham Accords between the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain and American-led normalization efforts in the Middle East and North Africa.
He served as a two-year captain of the college’s Division III men’s rowing program, which placed fifth at this year’s IRA National Championship. As a rower, he was named to the 2022 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Rowing Team for his dedication to his team and the greater sport; he was also named to the 2022 IRA All-Academic Team.
Philip’s previous experience spans the public and private sectors. In 2020, he worked as an analyst for the Philadelphia-based healthcare company, Global Institutional Solutions, where he contributed to one of the country’s first Covid-19 resource platforms. Within the public sector, Philip has previously interned with the Washington D.C. office of Senator Pat Toomey (PA), and the district office of Representative Chris Jacobs (NY-27).
In 2021, he was awarded a fellowship as one of sixteen students in Dr. Juliana Pilon’s two-week National Security summer program in Washington D.C. During the summer, he was a Political Studies Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.
Philip is the son of Philip Gow Sr. and Laura Barringer.
With this fellowship, AHI honors Harlan Calkins. In 2020, Mr. Calkins moved into emeritus status as a charter member of AHI’s board of directors. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1954 with a BA in chemistry. He was the chairman and CEO of Rochester Midland Corporation, a leading supplier in North America of industrial cleaners and other chemical products. He served on the boards of numerous business and philanthropic organizations, including Security Trust, Highland Hospital, the Al Sigl Foundation, and Rochester Telephone, all in Rochester, New York as well as Norstar Bank, in Buffalo, New York; and Malden Trust, in Malden, Massachusetts. At Hamilton College he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and DT, Was Los, and Pentagon societies. He co-captained the soccer and baseball teams. In 1956-1957, he served in the United States Army in counter-intelligence while stationed in Japan. In 2010, Mr. Calkins was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.