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Nancy Reed Gibson
September 11, 1928 - November 8, 2020
San Diego
Nancy Reed Gibson, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Susan "Susie" Robinson (Bob) and son, Paul M. Reed (Diane); grandchildren Michael Reed (Nichole), Deanna Vincent (Bob), Scott Reed (fiance Jill), and Kathryn Robinson; great-grandchildren Olav and Svea Vincent; stepchildren David Gibson (Katie), Meredith "Meg" Curley (Gerry), Craig Gibson (Nancy), Ross Gibson (Jean), Emily Williams (Kirk), Mary "Molly" Sharon (Michael); 10 step-grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.Daughter of Josephine Marie Wilson Fidler and Clarence Mansfield Fidler, Nancy was born in Oregon and grew up in Pasadena, Newport Beach, and San Diego, CA; she graduated from San Diego High School. Nancy earned her B.A. at San Diego State University in 1950 and received her M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis in Psychology in 1959. Nancy was happily married to her college sweetheart, Donald Edward Reed, from 1949 until his death 42 years later. Along with raising a family, the couple enjoyed dancing, sailing and skiing. They were active members of the First United Methodist Church of Mission Valley. Nancy's faith and church involvement brought her great joy and peace throughout her life. A renowned educator, Nancy was a professor in the Speech Department at SDSU, where she taught Communication and Speech Pathology and supervised graduate students in clinical practice for 21 years. In 1953, Nancy established the San Diego State College Children's Speech and Hearing Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Sue Earnest. In 1975, Nancy was appointed Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic in Logan Heights. She was a past president of SDSU Alumni Association and Pi Beta Phi Alumni Chapter. She also served as San Diego's President of the International Visitor's Council. Nancy was named a "Woman of Dedication" by the Salvation Army and received the spirit of I.V.C. Award. She also was selected by SDSU's Mortar Board Society as a "Distinguished Alumni" member.Nancy served for six years on the Board of the National Council for International Visitors in Washington, D. C. This work combined her passions for global travel and people. It was in this capacity that she met her second husband, John S. Gibson. They were blessed to share 20 years together, traveling extensively and enjoying time with family and friends in S.D. and Cape Cod, Mass.A private service for immediate family members will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the EarnestReed clinic room at SDSU School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Send to: The Campanile Foundation; Attn: Natasha Bliss; 5500 Campanile Dr.; San Diego, CA, 92128-1968 OR

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 13, 2020.
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January 5, 2021
Susie and Paul, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She and Don were a big part of my early adulthood and business life. They were both always so kind to me. I learned many lessons from them during my time at AO Reed that have stayed with me during my lifetime.

I hope both of you are well and staying safe.
Fred Grether
December 13, 2020
December 13, 2020
Dear Susie,
I am So sorry for the loss of your Mother. May God bless you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
Jo Chappell
Josephine Chappell
December 13, 2020
Our sincere sympathies over the loss of your mother. Clearly she was very accomplished and had positive influence on many others. We send our condolences.
Jorge & Lynn Covarrubias
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