August 7, 1937 ~ March 13, 2019
Born in: Logan, Utah
Resided in: Denver, Colorado
Dr. Robert Baer Gibbons, Col. (Ret.) US Army passed away on March 13, 2019, in Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital, where he was a beloved teacher and mentor for over 30 years. His family was with him as he passed away peacefully.
Dr. Gibbons was born in Logan, Utah on August 7, 1937. He graduated from Utah State University in 1959 and received his medical degree from the University of Utah in 1963. He entered the US Army Medical Corps and completed his medical training in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1967, following an internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in 1964. He completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Washington in 1973.
After serving as Chief of Medicine at the U.S. Army Hospital in Munich, Germany and as Assistant Chief of Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Gibbons culminated his Army career serving as Chief of Medicine and Internal Medicine Program Director at Madigan. During his military service, he cared for numerous dignitaries including, President Eisenhower, Senator Inouye, Supreme Court Justice Douglas, and the wife of Claire Chennault (who led the Flying Tigers). He received numerous military commendations and awards including the Laureate Award.
After retiring from the Army, Dr. Gibbons became Internal Medicine Director at Saint Joseph Hospital for more than 30 years, training over 900 residents in Internal Medicine. He loved his residents, co-workers, and patients, as well as the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
Dr. Gibbons was Governor of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in Colorado and served as Regent and Treasurer—as well as Master of the ACP– at the national level. He was also a member and later President of the Denver Clinical and Pathological Society. Dr. Gibbons was a member of the Colorado Rheumatology association.
Dr. Gibbons was a guest lecturer at numerous domestic and international locations, teaching in Maizura, Japan five times. He loved the Japanese people and culture. He also served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado.
He married Jackie Vanderhyde on July 16, 1961, at the Little White Chapel in San Francisco. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Ogden Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 3, 1979. He was a loyal father and husband. Bob and Jackie traveled often, collecting art, antiques, and Persian rugs together. He was devoted to his children: teaching them, attending sporting events or Boy Scout activities, and coaxing them to the yard for long days of landscaping. He instilled in them a strong work ethic and was closely involved in their academic work. Bob enjoyed a good fire with a cup of hot chocolate, and he made a decadent chocolate cake.
Bob was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions, including Bishop and High Counselor. He was committed and meticulous in his service.
His father and mother, Robert and Ruth Gibbons, and his sister, Marianne, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Gibbons, his sons and daughters’-in-law (Robert and Michele, Bradley and Heather, and Darek and Jennifer), 11 grandchildren (Taber, Haley, Lauren, Lane, Sophia, Cecilia, Maria, Mitchell, Morgan, Brooklynn, and Walker), and five great-grandchildren (Asher, Cooper, Eden, Rae, and Connor).
A viewing will be held from 10:00-10:45am, followed by the Funeral service at 11:00am, on Saturday, March 23rd, at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO 80114.
A Graveside service will be at 1:00pm., on Saturday, March 30th, at the Logan City Cemetery, 1000 N. 1200 E., Logan, UT. 84321
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
“The Bob and Jackie Gibbons Medical Education Fund” at Saint Joseph Hospital
Internal Medicine Residency
1375 E. 19th Avenue
Russell Pavilion- 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80218
Or online: www.saintjosephdenver.org/foundation