Thomas Joseph Gribbin
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May 22, 1935
October 2, 2013
Thomas J. Gribbin, born May 22, 1935 in Mason City, Iowa, passed away at St. Mary's October 2, 2013 from complications due to surgery. He was 78 years old.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Frances Gribbin and Mary Margaret Gribbin, as well as his brother Michael Dennis Gribbin. He is survived by his loving wife Helen and his son Dennis (Carol), step-daughters Lesley Means (Troy), Terry Long and Andrea Call (Warren); granddaughters Caitlin, Hannah and Quinn.
Tom attended the University of Santa Clara and began his career in the Engineering Department of the City of San Jose. He relocated to Reno and was co-founder of Pyramid Engineers and Land Surveyors, soon after becoming President and CEO. He held Registrations as a Professional Land Surveyor in the states of Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Idaho. He grew the staff from one to forty-four before his retirement in 1998. During his career he enjoyed teaching Land Surveying and taught at the University of Santa Clara, San Jose City College, WNCC, TMCC and for 15 years at the University of Nevada-Reno in the college of Engineering. Additionally, he was very active in the Professional Societies, serving as the State and Local Chapter President of the Nevada Land Surveyors Association, State and Local Chapter of the Consulting Engineers Council of Nevada, Board of Governors of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and served on the Board of the AGC and the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.
Tom was also active in local civic and community organizations, serving as President of the Executive Association of Reno, President of the Reno South Rotary Club, served on the Board of Directors of EDAWN, the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Reno Redevelopment Authority and served as Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority twice in his 12 years on the Board of Trustees.
As a private pilot, Tom's love of flying brought him to the Reno Air Race Organization. Since 1981, he has been RARA's Steward of the Race Courses for the Air Races, adjusting the pylon locations numerous times as the speeds of aircrafts and cultural encroachment required their movement. He served as Chairman of the Board of RARA in 2006-2007, was selected as Man of the Year in 2010 and served on the Board of Directors for 24 years. He also served on the Contest and Records Board of the National Aeronautics Association for 13 years and was involved as the official observer in a number of successful World Record and USA flying record attempts, holding one USA National Record himself. During his flying years he donated his aircraft and time to fly rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol and patient transportation for Angel Planes and Angel Flights.
Tom was an amazing man; giving and strong, proud and true. His family and friends will miss him greatly. His legacy will remain with us all. Although our sadness is immeasurable today, a Celebration of Tom's Life will be held Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM in the Reno Air Race Association hangar at the Stead Airport. Details and updates about the service will be made available at the website below. In lieu of flowers, Tom requested that donations to the Reno Air Race Foundation be made in his name. For more pictures and to message the family, please visit the website: www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com and go to the Book of Memories.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 6, 2013