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Paul Gibbons
Regents' Proceedings 597

The Secretary reported the death of Paul Gibbons, Professor of Dentistry, on November 1, 1964. The following memoir was adopted:

The sudden death of Dr. Paul Gibbons, on the first of November, has left an irreplaceable void in the dental faculty and saddened the entire University community. He was only forty-four years of age.

Dr. Gibbons, a native of California, was graduated from the University of Nevada in 1942, and entered the University of Michigan School of Dentistry after a term of army service. Here he earned both professional and graduate degrees, specializing in the rehabilitation of patients with oral clefts. For the three succeeding years, he gained experience on the faculties of the dental schools of the Medical College of Virginia and St. Louis University. Returning to Ann Arbor in 1952 as Assistant Professor of Dentistry, he rose to a full professorship in 1960.

Uniting a lively imagination with an extremely sound judgment, Dr. Gibbons was a gifted designer of prosthetic devices, and his professional opinion was widely sought in difficult and unusual cases. His humor, good nature, and forthright honesty commended him also to his students as mentor and personal model. Directed by his humanitarian instincts, his research was oriented toward persons wholly hapless: toward the hereditary deformities of children and the degenerative conditions of the old. He served his department and his school selflessly in committee work and routine tasks.

The Regents of the University mourn the untimely cutting off of this most devoted and most useful life. To Mrs. Gibbons and all surviving members of his family, they extend their deepest sympathy.