NameJames Lambert GIBSON ®1, M
Birth Date10 Mar 1873
Birth PlaceKamas, Summit, Utah, United States
Death Date10 Feb 1945 ®4
Death PlaceSalt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Death MemoHoly Cross Hospital
Burial Date12 Feb 1945 ®36
Burial PlaceSalt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Burial MemoCity Cemetery
OccupationProfessor, University Of Utah; Dean, College Of Arts And Science
Residence1337 Harrison Ave., Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
EducationBS, Univ Of Utah, 1896; MA, Columbia College, New York, 1898; PhD, Cambridge, England, 1903
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Cause of deathCardiac Failure Due To Arteriosclerosis ®4
FatherWilliam GIBSON , M (1845-1932)
MotherMary Adelia LAMBERT , F (1851-1935)
Birth Date6 Dec 1885
Birth PlaceAshley, Uintah, Utah Territory, United States
Death Date25 Jun 1972
Death PlaceSalt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Burial Date28 Jun 1972 ®36
Burial PlaceSalt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Burial MemoSalt Lake City Cemetery
FatherRichard Henry POPE , M (1864-1918)
MotherJane Ann Garnett BENNETT , F (1867-1950)
Marr Date14 Feb 1904
Marr PlaceVernal, Uintah, Utah, United States
ChildrenMarl Defoe , M (1904-1961)
 UNNAMED , M (1906-1906)
 Rhea , F (1907-1997)
 James Lambert , M (1909-1980)
 Vera , F (1911-1999)
 Keath Pope , M (1917-1995)
 Earl , M (1927-2010)
Notes for James Lambert GIBSON
LDS Church Membership Record:
Name: James Lambert Gibson
Gender: Male
Birth: 1873-03-10, Kamas, Summit Utah
Death: 1943-02-10
Spouse: Sarah Jane Pope

1901, Vernal Express:
Professor James Gibson is home to spend the summer vacation with his parents. He is a professor of mathematics at the BY College in Logan.

Newspaper: Vernal Express, 1922-08-11, “Ashley.”
Prof James Gibson, Dean of the U of U, Salt Lake city, is studying in Germany. His family expects to join him there and will be gone for a year at least. Dean Gibson is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gibson.

James Lambert Gibson, 1895, is dean of the school of arts and science at the University of Utah. In 1894 he was distinguished as a cadet and his rank in that military organization was raised. He studied general science at the University of Columbia and received his M.S. degree and made a splendid scholastic record in mathematics there. He was a professor of science and mathematics at the Brigham Young university at Logan for several years and traveled extensively through Europe and the United States. He was called to the University of Utah as associate professor of philosophy in 1902 and was made a professor of philosophy there in 1904. Dean Gibson made a fine record as an instructor, especially in mathematics. At the death of Dr. William C. Stewart he was raised to dean of the arts and science school.

Source: “Alumni Notes,” Utah Daily Chronicle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1921-04-01.


Dean Gibson of the School of Arts and Science is at present studying abroad. In the meantime he is certainly missed at the University of Utah both by students and by faculty members. Gibson was the man who exacted strict attention to details and strict adherence to rules of order and parlimentary procedure. As one faculty member expressed it, “Dean Gibson is the most mathematically precise man ever made.” In addition, he posesses a whole catalog of other attributes of note.

Dean Gibson is a thorough scholar. It is interesting to note the title of his Master’s thesis, namely “An Historical Survey of the Fundamentals of Statics (An Examination of the Fallacies of the Original Investigators.)” The “an” and the correction of the investigators is characteristic of Gibson. Who but a precise scholar would dare choose such a topic and state it in such language.

Accurate Scholar
The Dean is a determined, accurate scholar who is devoted ever much to his profession. At the present time he is studying abroad the second time. He is supremely honest and fearless, and very just in all his dealings. He often fights -- when he does, he fights in the open and above board. In addition he is the most careful of observers.

He is another native of Utah. Kamas was the place of birth and there he spent his early life. In 1891 he entered the University of Utah. Very naturally the exact sciences and militarism were to him the attractive studies. He soon established a reputation as a mathematician and was one of the chief officers of the cadets. A faculty member humorously remarked that is was in this latter capacity that the Dean learned to command. In 1895 he received the B.S. degree.

For a time he taught at the old L.D.S. college and later at the B.Y. college at Logan. In 1902 he entered Cambridge university, England, where he received the M.A.[Phd?] the following spring. He returned to Utah and to the University as professor of Mathematics in the fall of 1904. He was made dean during the administration of President Kingsbury and accompanied the president east to choose new faculty members after the disturbance of 1914, at which time seventeen professors resigned simultaneously. Since that time the Dean has studied a summer at Mexico and is now in northern France after having spent the last summer at German universities.

Is a Notable
Dean Gibson is a member of numerous scientific and educational societies, notably of the American Mathematics society and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. At the University he is, and has been since his connection with the institution, an important committeeman. He originated and for years headed the faculty code committee which regulates faculty action.

Professor Gibson has wide business connections and is an owner of ranches in Summit and Uinta counties. It is reported that even in his student days he had money to loan.

At present his position is held by Acting Dean Frederick J. Pack...

Source:”The Story of Our Faculty,” J.I. Wahlquist, Utah Daily Chronicle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1922-11-07.
Census notes for James Lambert GIBSON
1880 United States Census
Source Information:
  Census Place Ashley, Uintah, Utah
  Family History Library Film   1255338
  NA Film Number   T9-1338
  Page Number   112B   

Wm. GIBSON   Self   M   Male   W   34   SCOT   Farmer   
 Mary GIBSON   Wife   M   Female   W   28   UT   Keeping House   
 James L. GIBSON   Son   S   Male   W   7   UT      SCOT   
 Mary E. GIBSON   Dau   S   Female   W   4   UT      SCOT    
 Geo. LANGSTORS   Other   S   Male   W   19   UT   Laborer   

1900 United States Census
Vernal, Uintah, Utah

Gibson, James L, Head, born Mar 1873, age 27, single, born Utah, father born Scotland, mother born Utah, Teacher

1910 United States Census
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
421 South 700 East

Gibson, James L, Head, age 37, mar 6yrs, born Utah, Teacher, University [of Utah]
Gibson, Sarah P, Wife, age 25, mar 6 yrs, 4 children, 3 living, born Utah
Gibson, Marl, Son, age 5, born Utah
Gibson, Rhea, Daughter, age 3, born Utah
Gibson, Lambert, Son, age 9 mos, born Utah

1920 United States Census
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
139 --- Seventh East Street

Gibson, James L, Head, age 46, mar, born Utah, Dean of Arts & Science, University [of Utah]
Gibson, Sarah P, Wife, age 34, mar, born Utah,
Gibson, Marl D, Son, age 15, born Utah
Gibson, Rhea, Daughter, age 12, born Utah
Gibson, James L, son, age 10, born Utah
Gibson, Vera, Daughter, age 8, born Utah
Gibson, Keith P, Son, age 2yrs 10 mos, born Utah

1930 United States Census
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
370 East Harrison Ave.

Gibson, James L, Head, age 57, mar, born Utah, Teacher, University
Gibson, Sarah P, Wife, age 44, mar, born Utah
Gibson, Marl D, Son, age 25, single, born Utah, Lawyer, own practice
Gibson, Rhea, Daughter, age 23, single, born Utah, Teacher, High School
Gibson, James L. Jr, Son, age 20, single, born Utah
Gibson, Vera, daughter, age 18, single, born Utah
Gibson, Keith P, son, age 13, born Utah
Gibson, Earl, son, age 2yrs 11mos, born Utah
Obituary notes for James Lambert GIBSON
Former Dean, Native of Vernal, Dies in Salt Lake

Dean J L Gibson, 71, of of Utah’s foremost educators, died Saturday at 4 a.m. in a Salt Lake hospital following a brief illness. He succumbed to a heart ailment induced by a fever he contracted last November.

Dean Gibson retired from active wwork July 1, 1941. He had been dean of the University of Utah school of arts and sciences since 1915 and went to the university as professor of mathematics in 1904.

Dean Gibson would have been 72 March 10. He was born to William and Mary Lambert Gibson in Kamas, Summit county, and received his elementary education at old Ashley near Vernal. He completed high school in Denver, then studied at the Collegiate institute (now Westminster College) in Salt Lake City. He received his B S degree from the University of Utah in 1895, his M A from Columbia in 1908. After a year in Cambridge [England] he went to Vienna [Austria] where he earned his Ph D in 1923. He also studied at the Universities of Bonn and Gottingen in Germany.

Fraternity Member
The retired dean was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi fraternities and of the American Mathematical society, the Mathematical Assn of America, the American Assn for the Advancement of Science and the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education. During his career, Dean Gibson wrote eight mathematical books all of which were published and are being used in various educational systems.

Figured in Court Battle
Dean Gibson figured in a long court fight to establish his right to membership in the state teachers retirement system which he won April 15, 1941, with a decision from the state, precedent for scores of other educators who were also holders of a retirement policy with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Assn of America.

The Utah dean was widely traveled. During his lifetime and mostly in pursuit of his education, he visited England, Ireland, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Czechoslovakia, British Columtia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Mexico, Yogoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Hungary.

Surviving are his widow, Sarah Pope Gibson, of the family home, 1337 Harrison Ave., whom he married Feb 11, 1904; four sons: J Lambert Gibson and Earl Gibson, Salt Lake; Capt. Keath Gibson, somewhere in Germany; Marl D. Gibson, Price; two daughters Mrs. Rhea Parratt, Santa Fe, NM and Mrs. Vera Schroader, Salt Lake; three grandchildren and two sisters: Mrs. Sarah G. Eccles, New York and Mrs. Madie Sowards, Vernal.

Funeral services were conducted Monday noon at 125 N Main with Dr. I.O. Horsfall, University of Utah Extension Division Director, officiating. Burial was in Salt Lake City cemetery. ---Tribune

Newspaper: Vernal Express, Vernal Utah, 1945-02-15

Name: James Lambert Gibson
Death date: 10 Feb 1945
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): W
Death place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Birth place: Kamas, Utah
Father name: William Gibson
Mother name: Mary Adelia Lambert
Marital status: Married
Spouse name: Sarah Pope
Age: 71 years 11 months
Birth date: 10 Mar 1873
Certificate type: Certificate of Death
Digital GS number: 4120562
Image number: 00068
Collection: Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908 - 1949
Notes for Sara Jane (Spouse 1)
LDS Church Membership Record:
Name: Sarah Jane Pope
Gender; Female
Birth: 1885-12-06, Vernal, Uintah, Utah
Death: 1970-06-21
Father: Richard Henry Pope
Mother: Jane Ann Garnett Benett
Spouse: James Lambert Gibson
Obituary notes for Sara Jane (Spouse 1)
Sarah Gibson., 86, Dies,
Salt Lake Civic Leader

Sarah Pope Gibson, 86, 1337 Harrison Ave., prominent Utah club woman, died Sunday of natural causes at a local nursing home.

Mrs. Gibson was honored as a diamond jewel of the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1966. She was chosen to the Salt Lake Council of Women's Hall of Fame 1953.

She was a past member of the Executive Board of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. past president of the Western States Conference of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Utah Federation of Women's Clubs, and the University of Utah Women's Club, of which she was a charter member. She had served as president of the Ladies Literary Club.

Mrs. Gibson was the State Commander of the Women's Field Army for the Control of Cancer, 1936-45; She served on the. Consumer Advisory Committee of the Department of Agriculture for the State of Utah, 15 years and on the board of the Family Service Society. She was a past president of the Service Star Legion. She served on the Board of Regents, University of Utah, 12 years.

She was president of the Hamilton School PTA for two years, and president of the. East High School PTA one

Mrs. Gibson was born Dec. 6, 1885, in Vernal, to Richard and Jane Bennett Pope. She was married to J. L. Gibson Feb. 12, 1903, in Vernal. He died Feb. 10, 1945.

She is survived by sons, daughters, J. Lambert, Mrs. Vera G. Schroder, both Salt Lake City; Keath P., Cherry Hills, N.J.; Earl, Glenview, ILL.; Mrs. Rhea G. Parratt, Ithaca, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, sister, Mars, Moab; Mrs. Ora Massey, Roosevelt, Duchesne County.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, noon, at 574 E. 1st South, where friends may call Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Newspaper: The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, June 26, 1972
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