Rev. Brooke Gibson Presbyterian minister


The Rev. R. Brooke Gibson, parish associate of the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church and executive director of Harford Hospice, died June 21 of a heart attack while vacationing in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. He was 59 and lived in Reservoir Hill.

In 1981, he came to Baltimore from Cleveland as an associate presbytery executive of the Presbytery of Baltimore.

In 1983, he became a part-time member of the staff of First and Franklin Street church where he preached, assisted in worship services and conducted congregational visits. He also used his carpentry skills to perform maintenance chores at the church.

The Rev. Harry L. Holfelder, pastor of First and Franklin Street, said, "Reverend Gibson contributed greatly to the life and ministry of our congregation. We have all been touched by his vision and compassion that were part of his faith and love."

Beginning this year, Mr. Gibson was president of the board of the Samaritan Community, a joint ecumenical mission project with Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill.

He was the first executive director of Harford Hospice Inc. in Aberdeen, named in since 1983, and helped develop hospice care in Harford County. He started with a staff of two employees, 14 home care volunteers and two patients. Today, the facility's ,, six part-time employees and 100 volunteers serve 850 patients and families.

Mr. Gibson was born and reared in Columbus, Ohio, and was a 1953 graduate of Bexley High School there. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1957 from DePauw University and a bachelor's in divinity degree from Yale University in 1960.

He was ordained in 1960 and became associate pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville until 1969, when he took a two-year leave of absence. He worked as an assembly line worker for Chrysler Corp. until 1974 when he became associate pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Cleveland.

His marriage ended in divorce.

A memorial service was set for 6 p.m. today at First and Franklin Street Church, Park Avenue and Madison Street, Baltimore.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Gibson of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Roblin of Lexington, Ky.; a sister, Judy Stone of Bloomington, Ind.; and several nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to the church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore 21201.

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