Nathaniel J. GibsonHoward County educatorNathaniel J...

August 28, 1994

Nathaniel J. Gibson

Howard County educator

Nathaniel J. Gibson, a retired educator, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 74 and lived in the Brookside area of Baltimore County.

He retired in 1983 as assistant to the assistant superintendent of the Howard County school system, a post he held since 1979. From 1972 until 1979, he was principal of Oakland Mills Middle School and for three years before that he was principal of Waterloo Middle School. He was vice principal of Mount Hebron High School from 1967 until 1969.

Earlier, he taught biology, chemistry and physics in Virginia and North Carolina before joining the Howard school system as a teacher in 1949. His students called him "Doc" because of his extensive knowledge of his subjects.

He was born in Princeton, W.Va., and reared in Bluefield, W.Va. He was a graduate of Bluefield State College, earned a master's degree in 1954 from Columbia University and did graduate work at Loyola College.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Sylvia Beaird; two sons, Nathaniel J. Gibson II of Owings Mills and Stephen O. Gibson of Randallstown; a sister, Lena O. Woods of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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Vivian G. Wells

City employee

Vivian G. Wells, a Baltimore native and former city government employee, died Friday of infarct dementia at an Arlington, Va., hospice. She was 82.

She was born Vivian Gambrell in Highlandtown and lived in Lochearn before moving to Springfield, Va., two years ago. Her husband, John S. Wells, died in 1981.

She worked in the purchasing department for the city for almost 30 years, retiring in 1981.

Before that, the Eastern High School graduate, who obtained a teaching certificate in 1931 from Maryland State Normal School, which is now Towson State University, taught in Baltimore schools for five years.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. today at St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church in Springfield.

Survivors include three nephews, Donald E. Kirk of Los Altos, Calif., Robert G. Kirk of Springfield, Va., and Jeffrey M. Kirk of Heddonfield, N.J.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6400 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va. 22042.

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