Robert A. Gibson, educator

November 14, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Robert A. Gibson, a retired educator and former superintendent of Cecil County public schools, died Nov. 4 of spinal cancer at his home in Port Herman.

He was 93.

The son of farmers, Dr. Gibson was born and raised in Rising Sun. After graduating from North East High School in 1935, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 in health and physical education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.

He earned both his master's and doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Dr. Gibson was a physical education teacher and coach in Baltimore County public schools from 1939 to 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

He served in air and sea rescue in the Pacific Theater and at war's end had attained the rank of captain.

He resumed his teaching career in Montgomery County public schools, where he advanced from a teacher to assistant principal to principal. He had been principal of Easter Junior High and later was principal of Gaithersburg Junior High and Richard Montgomery High School.

Dr. Gibson served as superintendent of Cecil County public schools from 1961 until retiring in 1972. During his tenure there, he started the Vocational and Technical School and introduced legislation to allow the founding of Cecil Community College.

During the 1970s, he taught graduate classes in the School of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Cecil County resident had been active in the Elkton Rotary Club, Maryland State Teachers Association, National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, Cecil County Retired Teachers Association and Montgomery County Teachers Association.

He was an avid boater and also enjoyed traveling.

Dr. Gibson was a member and had been an elder of Elkton Presbyterian Church where services were held Nov. 8.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Kathryn Bowen, a registered nurse; a son, Robert A. Gibson Jr. of Bel Air; a daughter, Terry J. Gibson of Chestertown; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His first wife of many years, the former Mary Roth, died in 1989.

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