Jacqueline B. Gibson, 79, secretary


July 07, 2006

Jacquelyn B. Gibson, a retired secretary who worked at historic Sagamore Farm in Glyndon for more than 30 years, died of bone cancer June 30 at her Reisterstown home. She was 79.

She was born Jacquelyn Blair Taylor and raised in Altoona, Pa. She moved to Baltimore during World War II to work as a file clerk in the freight department of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

In 1946, she married Charles Herbert Gibson, a noncommissioned Army officer, and during his 30-year military career lived in the Panama Canal Zone, France and Connecticut.

When her husband retired from the Army in 1968, the couple settled in Reisterstown, and Mrs. Gibson took a position as personal secretary to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, owner of Sagamore Farm.

"Mr. Vanderbilt called her his Rock of Gibraltar. She managed the farm between interim managers and was instrumental in training several of them," said her husband, a retired vice president for Visa credit card forerunner BankAmericard.

"When Mr. Vanderbilt sold Sagamore, it was stipulated in the mortgage that she would remain as bookkeeper for the farm until the mortgage was paid off," he said.

"This was done without the consent or knowledge of Jackie, but she thought enough of Mr. Vanderbilt not to object."

Mrs. Gibson, who retired in the late 1990s, enjoyed traveling.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown.

Services were Monday.

Also surviving are a son, C. Blair Gibson of Etters, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia C. Knife of Reisterstown and Pamela Ann Roberge of Farmington, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

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