Friday, March 12, 2010
SOLEBURY, Pa. — Barclay White Gibbs II, known as Bart to his friends, of Solebury, died suddenly on Monday, March 8, 2010.
He was born in Camden, N.J. and grew up in Hamilton Township, N.J. where he graduated from Hamilton High School in 1951.
After graduating, Bart enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Upon completion of his service in the Air Force he was drafted into the U.S. Army from which he also received an honorable discharge in 1955.
Bart began his professional career at Princeton University as a technician. After receiving his degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, he joined the research staff as staff engineer for the physics department. During his tenure of 45 years at Princeton, Bart worked on many interesting projects such as the Princeton-Penn Accelerator, the Mass Accelerator for Colonization of Space, the Northrop-Grummond Free Electron Laser Project and several others. The most rewarding aspect of his work at Princeton was setting up research laboratories and assisting graduate students in pursuit of their theses.
On July 3, 1965, Bart married the former Elaine Steinhauer, a teacher in the Neshaminy School District, and they began their life together in Levittown. They moved to Solebury Township in 1977.
Their daughter, Barbara Gibbs-Lowe is the deputy commonwealth attorney for Albemarle County, Va. She lives with her husband John and two daughters, Carson, 7, and Katie, 4, in Palmyra, Va. Their son, Barclay White Gibbs III is a principal at Charles River Associates, a consulting firm, where he is presently engaged in consultations regarding energy and environmental issues. Barclay III resides in Takoma Park, Md. with his wife Heike (nee Mainhardt) and their two children, Noah, 4, and Vivienne, 2. In addition to his children, Bart is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elaine, his brother Frank, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and his brother John, of Vineland, N.J.
Family and friends may call at the Leaver-Cable Funeral Home of Buckingham, Route 202 and Quarry Road, Buckingham, today from 6 to 8 p.m. where a service will be held at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Co., 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938.