John James Gibbs

Retired Food and Drug Administration research chemist

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April 05, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Dr. John J. Gibbs, a retired Food and Drug Administration research chemist, died of complications of a brain disorder, frontotemporal degeneration, March 27 at St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg. The former Timonium resident was 73.

Born in Troy, N.Y., he was the son of Donald C. Gibbs and the former Mary Loretta McBride. He lived on Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore and earned a chemistry degree at the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. A member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon his graduation in 1960.

He then completed seven years of active duty, including tours in Germany and Vietnam and received an Army Commendation award, a Bronze Star and the Army Air Medal. Following active duty, he remained in the Army reserves and earned a doctorate at Clemson University in 1974.

Dr. Gibbs lived in Timonium in the 1970s and was a Noxell chemist.

He joined the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville and retired as a divisional director. He lived for many years in Walkersville in Frederick County.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Frederick and maintained memberships in the Reserve Officers Association as well as the 25th Infantry Association.

A history buff, Dr. Gibbs enjoyed visiting historic sites throughout the United States, particularly those related to military history and the War between the States. He enjoyed theater and photography, often photographing the sites that he visited.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. No date has been set.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Claryce Jane Amos of Walkersville; and a son, Daniel Patrick Gibbs of Baltimore.

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