Theodore W. Gibson|
Resident of Walnut Creek
Ted Gibson died peacefully on September 23, 2012 at the age of 92.
Ted was born on August 8, 1920 in Worcester, MA to Theodore and Helen Gibson. He spent much of his youth in Solebury, PA, coping with the Great Depression. One of his uncles, Walter B. Gibson, became famous during this era as the author of a popular pulp fiction series called The Shadow. Ted delighted in reading each magazine as it was published.
Prior to graduating from Pennington High School in New Jersey, Ted gained an interest in stamp collecting that lasted his entire lifetime. Ted enrolled in Wagner College on Staten Island, NY in 1938 and joined the Kappa Sigma Alpha fraternity. In June of 1942, he graduated with a B.S. in Math. During World War II, he served with the US Army Air Corps as a weather forecaster in the Mediterranean theater of operations, attaining the rank of Captain. After the war, he remained in the Air Force, while earning an M.S. in Meteorology from N.Y. University. In 1949 he married Lucille Bradshaw.
He worked as a television repair technician for Philco throughout the 1950's and later went to work for Zenith in the same capacity. At one point, he also created an innovative weather forecasting service called Weather Dial, which allowed the public to telephone in and listen to a prerecorded forecast for the day.
In 1975, Ted and Lucille tired of the cold winters in the northeast and moved to Kailua, HA. They spent the next 35 years working on local community projects, such as restoring historic estates and reinvigorating old railroad locomotives and facilities. Ted also taught math classes at a local Marine Corps base and even published a book on new concepts for teaching mathematics.
In 2005, Lucille passed away. Not having any children, Ted moved to Rossmoor to be closer to family. He enjoyed playing bridge and lavishing orchids on his friends during the holidays.
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Fish in Reno and Georgia May Sovern in New York City, three nieces and one nephew.
Another member of the Greatest Generation has now passed into the history books. Thank you for your service!
Published in Contra Costa Times on Oct. 7, 2012