|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1857|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1894|
John Howard Gibson was a physician in Philadelphia.
Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 138, Pg 157
John Howard Gibson, whose untimely death cut short what promised to be a career of exceptional usefulness, was born March 13, 1857, and died April 6, 1894 having just completed his thirty-sixth year. Mr. Gibson was the son of Henry Clay Gibson, one of Philadelphia's most prominent citizens and well known as a liberal patron of the fine arts, and his wife Mary Klett. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the class of 1877.
His connection with the Franklin Institute began in 1878, when he was elected to membership. He manifested from the beginning of this connection, a warm interest in its affairs, and remained to the end of his life one of its most active members and officers. He was especially interested in the growth of its library and served most acceptably for a number of years on the Committee on Library.
He was elected a member of the Board of Managers in the year 1893, and at once made his influence felt in that body by his activity in promoting every movement looking to the advancement of the interests of the institution. His conspicuous advocacy in the Board of measures, having for the their object to secure for the Institute a new building, awakened a renewed interest in the subject among his colleagues, and whether this important object shall be realized sooner or later, the Institute owes a debt of gratitude to its deceased officer for his unflagging zeal in endeavoring to bring it about.
His personal relations with his colleagues of the Board, and fellow members, were characterized by uniform courtesy and amiability.
The manner of his untimely taking off was peculiarly sad. His children, to whom he was devotedly attached, were afflicted with a contagious malady, which, in his solicitous attendance upon them, he contracted, and which, within a few hours, terminated his life. Thus, all too early was closed a life which, if it had been spared, would have been devoted to noble and unselfish objects; and the Franklin Institute, in whose work he took special pride, and in whose future he had unbounded faith, may well regret the loss of a friend so devoted to its interests, and so willing to give freely of his time and energy and means to serve it.
Mr. Gibson married Susan Worrell, daughter of Frederick Seckel Pepper, by whom he had three children. His widow and children survive him.
F. Lynnwood Garrison
William H. Wahl
Philadelphia, June 8, 1894.
Henry Clay Gibson (1830 - 1891)
Mary B Klett Gibson (1833 - 1896)
Susan Worrell Pepper Gibson (1862 - 1926)*
Adeline Pepper Gibson (1883 - 1919)*
Mary Klett Gibson Henry (1884 - 1967)*
John Howard Gibson (1857 - 1894)
Alice Gibson Brock (1861 - 1925)*
Frederick Klett Gibson (1863 - 1864)*
Mary Klett Gibson (1876 - 1959)*
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Lot 171 Sec W
Created by: Mary Klett
Record added: May 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89813201