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dc.contributor.author Williams, Edie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-04T19:22:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-04T19:22:19Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/4016
dc.description Dr. James A. Gibson was born in Ottawa on January 29, 1912 to John W. and Belle Gibson. At an early age the family moved to Victoria, B.C. where John W. Gibson was a director of the Elementary Agricultural Education Branch, Department of Education. Gibson received his early education in Victoria, receiving a B.A. (honours) at UBC in 1931. In 1931 he was awarded the Rhodes scholarship and received his B.A., M.A., B.Litt and D. Phil at New College, Oxford. This was to be the beginning of a long and dedicated relationship with the Rhodes Scholar Association. Upon his return to Canada, Dr. Gibson lectured in Economics and Government at the University of British Columbia. In 1938 he was married to Caroline Stein in Philadelphia, and the same year joined the staff of the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service officer. Within twenty minutes of his arrival he was seconded to the Office of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs, W. L. Mackenzie King in charge of War Records and Liaison Officer. This was a critical time in the history of Canada, and Dr. Gibson experienced firsthand several milestones, including the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. Dr. Gibson was present at the formation of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945, being part of the Prime Minister’s professional staff as well as attending conferences in Washington, Quebec and London as an advisor to the Canadian delegation. Gibson contributed many articles to the publication bout de papier about his experiences during these years. After his resignation in 1947, Gibson joined the staff of the fledgling Carleton College, as a lecturer. In 1949 he was appointed a professor and in 1951 became Dean of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gibson acted as President from 1955 to 1956 upon the sudden death of Dr. MacOdrum. In 1963 Dr. Gibson accepted the invitation of the Brock University Founders’ Committee, chaired by Arthur Schmon, to become the founding president. Dr. Gibson guided the new University from a converted refrigeration plant, to an ever expanding University campus on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment. Dr. Gibson remained firmly “attached” to Brock University. Even after official retirement, in 1974, he retained the title President Emeritus. Gibson’s final official contribution was an unpublished ten year history of the University. In retirement Gibson remained active in scholarly pursuits. He was a visiting scholar at the Center of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh; continued his ongoing research activities focusing on W. L. Mackenzie King, the Office of the Governor General of Canada, and political prisoners transported to Van Dieman’s Land. He remained active in the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, becoming editor from 1975 to 1994 and was appointed Editor Emeritus and Director for Life in 1995 in honour of his dedicated and outstanding service. In 1993 he was awarded one of Canada’s highest achievements, the Order of Canada. Gibson retained close ties with Brock University and many of its faculty. He maintained an office in the Politics Department where he became a vital part of the department. In 1996 Brock University honoured Gibson by naming the University Library in his honour. James A. Gibson Library staff was instrumental in celebrating the 90th birthday of Gibson in 2002, with a widely attended party in the Pond Inlet where many former students, including Silver Badgers. The attendees also included former and current colleagues from Brock University, Canadian Rhodes Scholars Association, family and friends. Gibson was later to remark that the highlight of this event was the gift of his original academic robe which he had personally designed in 1964. In 2003 Dr. Gibson moved to Ottawa to be near some of his children and the city of his birth and early career. In that year “two visits to Brock ensued: the first, to attend a special celebration of the James A. Gibson Library; his late to attend the 74th Convocation on Saturday, October 18, 2003. A week later, in Ottawa, he went for a long walk, returned to his residence, Rideau Gardens, went into the lounge area, took off his coat and folded it up, put it on the back of his chair, sat down, folded his hands in his lap, closed his eyes, and died”. With sources from: Carleton University The Charlatan, Gibson CV, and Memorial Service Programme en_US
dc.description.abstract The fonds consists of correspondence, clippings, research notes, speeches, articles, scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, academic regalia created by and for James A. Gibson during more than 60 years of scholarly and professional activity. en_US
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dc.subject Gibson, James Alexander, 1912- en_US
dc.subject Brock, Isaac, Sir, 1769-1812. en_US
dc.subject Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 en_US
dc.subject Farr, David. en_US
dc.subject Head, Edmund, Sir, 1805-1868 en_US
dc.subject Head, Francis Bond, Sir, 1793-1875 en_US
dc.subject Holmes, John W.(John Wendell), 1910-1989 en_US
dc.subject King, William Lyon Mackenzie, 1874-1950 en_US
dc.subject Mellish, Michael en_US
dc.subject Merritt, William Hamilton, 1793-1862. en_US
dc.subject Michener, Roland, 1900-1991 en_US
dc.subject Michener, Roland, 1900-1991 en_US
dc.subject Rogers, Benjamin en_US
dc.subject Roosevelt, Franklin D.(Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 en_US
dc.subject Schmon, Arthur A. en_US
dc.subject Schreiber, Howard en_US
dc.subject Skelton, Oscar D.(Oscar Douglas), 1878-1941. en_US
dc.subject Vanier, Georges P.(Georges Philias), 1888-1967. en_US
dc.subject Brock University -- History -- Sources en_US
dc.subject Brock University Founding Fund en_US
dc.subject Canada. Dept. of External Affairs en_US
dc.subject Canada. Governor General. en_US
dc.subject Carleton University -- History -- Sources en_US
dc.subject University of Edinburgh. Centre of Canadian Studies en_US
dc.subject University of Oxford. Rhodes scholarships en_US
dc.subject Governors general -- Canada. en_US
dc.subject Lieutenant governors -- Ontario. en_US
dc.subject Political prisoners -- Canada. en_US
dc.subject United Nations -- History. en_US
dc.subject Visits of state -- Canada -- 1939 en_US
dc.subject Canada -- Constitution. en_US
dc.subject Canada -- Foreign relations -- 1945- -- Sources. en_US
dc.subject Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838 -- Sources. en_US
dc.subject Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838 -- Sources. en_US
dc.subject Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838 -- Sources. en_US
dc.subject Canada -- Politics and government -- 1837-1838 -- Sources en_US
dc.subject Canada -- Politics and government -- 1935-1948 en_US
dc.subject Canada -- Exiles -- History -- 19th century. en_US
dc.subject Exiles -- Australia -- Tasmania. en_US
dc.title Office of the University President Sous fonds: Dr. James A. Gibson en_US
dc.title.alternative Dr. James A. Gibson fonds en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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