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GIBSON, William Bowen
GIBSON, William Bowen Passed away peacefully on May 29, 2012. He was 91. He was preceded in death in 2003 by his wife of 53 years, Amy Komadina Gibson of St. Louis, Mo. Bill met Amy during World War II when they both worked in Los Alamos, New Mexico in jobs related to the Manhattan Project. After the War and his discharge from the Army they were married on Valentines Day, 1951. They raised two children, Merrill Andrew, born in 1953, now of Culver City, Calif., and Diana Gail born in 1956, now of Palmdale, Calif. Bill worked for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories as a Chemical Engineer, continuing as a consultant beyond the age of retirement. Finally the couple moved to California in 1997, to be closer to their children and to escape the harsh Los Alamos winters. He was born December 17, 1920, in Redondo Beach, California and lived for a time in Lawndale, Calif. Then he and his mother moved to Hagerman, N.M., when he was entering High School. After graduating he attended UCLA and earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. The following year he was inducted into the Army and was eventually transferred to Purdue University in an Army 'Specialized Training' program after which he reported to Los Alamos, N.M., under secret orders. He worked as a chemist in the purification of plutonium and as he said 'arrived on the job in time to see the worlds first gram of plutonium metal'. Bill (or 'Gibby' to those he worked with) was known by all for his staunchly cheerful nature and ready sense of humor. He frequently wrote letters to the Editor of his local paper, always to the point of common sense and in appreciation of the better side of humanity. He had a love and an incredible memory of songs, poems, stories and jokes of all kinds, and could still render songs from Gilbert and Sullivan well after his 90th birthday. He was a wonderful husband, father and selfless provider to his family as well as a generous donor to many causes, especially those supporting our nations military Veterans.

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