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Vol. 109, No. 4


Lewis E. Gibson ’49

Published in the Nov.5, 2008, issue

Pete died April 15, 2008, at the age of 80.

He prepared for Princeton at Phillips Exeter Academy and majored in physics. He was a member of Key and Seal Club.

Pete earned a medical degree at Johns Hopkins and did his residencies at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His specialty was pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary disease. He published more than 40 papers related to cystic fibrosis and invented the iontophoresis sweat test for diagnosing it. After four years at NIH he taught at Hopkins, Yale, and Northwestern, and was chairman of the department of pediatrics at Loyola in Chicago. He enjoyed training retrievers, hunting, bird watching, bicycling, hiking, sailing, and fishing.

Pete is survived by his wife, Dr. Patricia A. Nell; two sons, Richard Hilary Gibson ’79 and Peter Gibson; two daughters, Ellen and Katharine; and six grandchildren. Their loss and ours is magnified by the loss of this dedicated researcher in the field of cystic fibrosis. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them.

The Class of 1949

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