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 John Chace “Jack” Gibbs

John Chace “Jack” Gibbs

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death Dec 1973 (aged 63–64)
New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Combined with his wife's ashes and scattered off of a beach in Nantucket, MA
Memorial ID 143631648 · View Source
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"Jack" was the son of Jennie Louise (Seymour) & John Chace Gibbs. He had one sister, Louise May (Gibbs) Young who was born 17 years before he.

Jack attended Yale University, graduating in 1934 from the drama department as a playwright. The Federal theater project provided the opportunity to develop his talents, however the program was discontinued & Jack continued doing some freelance writing.

In the summer of 1941, before Pearl Harbor, he was drafted in to the Army. Shortly thereafter he was recruited by the OSS and served the rest of his army time in that organization. Almost immediately upon his return to civilian life he married and they lived at 275W. 11th Street in an apartment in an old brownstone building. He soon had a job writing radio scripts for Texaco theater as well as some other programs including "Ellery Queen Mystery's". He also wrote some plays, 3 of which were produced on Broadway but none really achieved any real success. The New York Conservation Foundation decided to undertake a long-term project of writing and making educational films to promote conservation. Jack wrote and directed these films for many years which found their audience in educational groups and universities. When the conservation society ran out of money and closed its doors Jack did some freelance writing and then retired.

Shortly thereafter his lifetime smoking habit was the cause of his esophageal cancer from which he died.

His wife was an energetic and enthusiastic hostess, so the years they spent together from the 1940's - 70's were a period of wonderful and well enjoyed parties with a wide range of friends they both had in the writing and TV world.

Jack became estranged from his only sister, once he moved to New York sister. Our family knew nothing of his life until Jack's wife called to tell us that he had passed on. At that time, we didn't even know he was married! We know now too, that Jack secretly would come in around Christmas each year to see his mother. We never did find out the reason for this falling out between he and his sister.

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Gravesite Details The biography for "Jack" was given to me by Jack's step son Allen Reiner. Many, many thanks to him.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Chace “Jack” Gibbs (1909–Dec 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143631648, ; Maintained by Sue Williams (contributor 46538018) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Combined with his wife's ashes and scattered off of a beach in Nantucket, MA.