302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Andrew G. Gibson

Andrew “Andy” G. Gibson, age 91 of Hockessin DE, formerly of Dunwoody, GA, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020.
Andrew was born in Avoca, PA to the late Andrew Dyer Gibson and Jessie (Johnstone). He graduated from Milford High School (Milford, CT) in 1947 and earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1952.
He met his wife, Shirlie (Swanson) in high school and they married on September 11, 1951 on the CBS TV show “Bride and Groom”.
Andy’s 55 year career began with a summer job at Raybestos in Stratford, CT. In college he was an intern mixing metals in the hearth at Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, PA. After graduating, he joined Union Carbide Co as a production engineer in WV. He added process and project engineering and then became a technical group leader. He was a key team member for development, scale-up and commercialization of the award winning Unipol® process for polyolefins used in over 60 manufacturing plants around the world, including Sweden, Australia and what is now the Czech Republic. He became VP of Polymer Technology at John Brown Engineers Ltd and then Director of Engineering at Olin Chemical. He spent 16 years as head of chemical engineering at Georgia Pacific working to improve plant process safety and productivity. After retiring from Georgia Pacific, he created Gibson Technologies.
Andy is a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was named Engineer of the Year for the Atlanta Chapter where he chaired the Government Interaction Committee for Atlanta. He was Engineer of the Year in Industry for the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. He received a Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and consulted with the U.S. Department of Energy. Lehigh University awarded him with the Rathbone Chemical Engineering Alumni Award.
Throughout his distinguished career, he was strong at technology fundamentals as well as developing people. He sponsored many co-op students and particularly enjoyed developing early career talent. He created a mentoring group through his church to help people looking for jobs. He also served on the President’s Council for SciTrek, the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta.
Andy was a loving husband and father who enjoyed his work and also loved sailing. His sailing adventures began in high school as a Sea Scout and continued through many family vacations and weekends at a lake. He liked to paint, favoring charcoal sketches and watercolors and enjoyed music that included singing in choirs, barbershop quartets and playing the harmonica.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirlie, son Todd (Michele) of Chester, NJ, son Craig (Terry) of Tyler, TX, daughter Gayle (Denise) of Newark, DE and son Paul (Karen) of Palo Alto, CA; granddaughters Wendy (Mike) Byerly and Rayna, grandson Sam and stepgrandsons Ben (Hanisha) and Jeremy Kirk; greatgrandsons Cody and Lex Byerly and Dylan Kirk and many cousins in Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Andrew G. Gibson ’52 may be made to Lehigh University (https://giving.lehigh.edu/) and designated to the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science for the department of chemical engineering. Or, you may send a check payable to Lehigh University and designated in the same manner to: Development Office, Gift Processing, 306 S. New Street, Suite 500, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Funeral Services

The celebration of life service and burial at Silverbook Cemetery will be private.


    Chris Allison lit a candle
    10/13/2020 07:33 pm
    timothy vincent lit a candle and writes,
    What a great man, he will be missed for this willingness to help out through out my live. Thank you Sir. I loved that smile, Timothy
    10/13/2020 07:52 pm
    Kathy lit a candle and writes,
    Uncle Andy, I shall always remember you, with that smile, a twinkle in your eye, a quick wit and by a delightful tune played on your harmonica. I shall miss you and your kindness to me as part of the Swanson family.
    10/13/2020 09:43 pm
    Shariq & Brian
    10/14/2020 12:30 am
    Shariq & Brian lit a candle
    10/14/2020 12:31 am
    Shariq & Brian lit a candle and writes,
    Gayle : Our deepest condolences. May your father’s fond memories keep and comfort you in this time of grief . You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Shariq & Brian
    10/14/2020 12:35 am
    Patricia McLaughlin lit a candle and writes,
    A luminary among his peers, a light unto humanity, an eternal flame in the hearts who loved him, Andy now assumes his rightful place among the stars in the heavenly realms.
    10/14/2020 01:45 am
    Billy Garner lit a candle and writes,
    Sincere condolences to Shirlie, Gayle, Todd, Craig, Paul and families! We are truly saddened to learn of Andy's death. Andy was my early supervisor, mentor, colleague, friend, and fellow sailor over many years of his distinguished career. May he rest in peace! Pat & Bill Garner Charleston, WV
    10/14/2020 02:50 am
    Robin Viv and Alastair Lapham lit a candle and writes,
    Your visits back to the UK will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. To a lovely man with our love.
    10/14/2020 04:49 am
    Phil Schroeder lit a candle and writes,
    Praying for your family in this time of loss.
    10/14/2020 07:52 am
    Rick horder lit a candle and writes,
    I had the privilege of working with Andy at Georgia-Pacific, and sharing a sailboat with him . Andy was an excellent engineer, a good sailor, and a kind and generous friend. I am very sorry to learn of his passing .
    10/14/2020 10:25 am
    Denise Chastain-Knight lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences to the Gibson family. Andy was one of the kindest people I ever met and I consider my self very fortunate to be one of the many engineers that he mentored. I'm a better person for having know him and Shirlie. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    10/14/2020 03:15 pm
    Steve Cohen lit a candle and writes,
    Worked for many year with Andy as Unipol business was being developed and launched commercially. My sincere condolences to his family. Warmest regards. Sc
    10/14/2020 03:20 pm
    Beverly & Gary Baptiste lit a candle and writes,
    Love and prayers to Shirlie and the entire Gibson family.
    10/14/2020 03:41 pm
    Bob & Nancy Vincent writes,
    Andy was more than an uncle to me, he was the father I never had. He was always there for me and my family with his love and support. Andy was very influential to me, Nancy, as a coach and mentor. Andy was the matchmaker for us, Bob and Nancy, 35 years of marriage and still going strong. We will miss you Andy!
    10/14/2020 05:47 pm
    Sam Kapoor lit a candle and writes,
    My heartfelt condolences , Gayle . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . sam k
    10/14/2020 10:20 pm
    Werner & Hilde Tschersich writes,
    In silent memory, Werner, Hilde, Steffi,Martin, Rosi, Günter
    10/15/2020 04:14 am
    Sarah Barnard lit a candle and writes,
    I had the pleasure of living next door to Andy and Shirley. As a divorced mom of two young sons at the time, Andrew and Shirley's love, support, knowledge and faith were immensely appreciated and remarkable. I have such fond memories of Andy at our church, Dunwoody United Methodist. He exhibited kindness and his faith in all he did. We loved Andy and still love Shirley. Rest assured he is in Heaven now. My prayers go out to Shirley, Gayle, Todd, Craig, and Paul, Love, Sarah
    10/15/2020 09:18 am
    Our condolence to Shirley and family from your Durrett Way Dunwoody neighborhood and all the Hall of Famers of Dunwoody U.M.C.
    10/15/2020 12:24 pm
    Harold Payne & Cathy (Payne) Fox writes,
    I have many fond memories of times in the 1960's the Gibson and Payne families spent together. Andy and my Dad met as young Engineers at Union Carbide and we were all like one big family. Andy and Shirlie were like an Uncle & Aunt to my sister and I. Todd, Craig, Gayle, and later Paul were our best friends. Andy was a wonderful man with a big heart. There was always lots of laughter in their household. Deepest sympathy to Shirlie and the kids.
    10/15/2020 03:31 pm
    JoAnn Akers lit a candle and writes,
    I fondly remember Andy ... he and I served together on the Career Ministry team at Dunwoody UMC. My love to Shirlie and all the family.
    10/15/2020 03:42 pm
    Helen Griffith lit a candle and writes,
    To the Gibson family, We are so very sorry for your loss and will pray for peace in your hearts. I know how hard it is to lose a father, no idea what it is to lose a husband of so many years. Blessings upon you all as you grieve. Cling to one another for support. He will be missed. Sending you all hugs from afar!
    10/15/2020 05:56 pm
    Bobby and Sue Borges lit a candle and writes,
    Our deepest condolences. Andy was truly an inspiration to all who knew him, and will remain forever in our hearts.
    10/15/2020 08:49 pm
    Katherine Kuntz lit a candle and writes,
    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Andy until after he retired and attended Dunwody United Methodist Church. He was such a delight to talk to about our old Carbide days. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
    10/16/2020 04:09 am
    Anthony Fregosi, F.AIChE writes,
    Gayle Gibson, I did not have the honor of knowing Andy, but as part of the AIChE family, I would like to offer my condolences to you and the entire Gibson family. Peace be with you. Anthony Fregosi, F.AIChE
    10/16/2020 09:05 am
    Tom and robin Kivinski lit a candle and writes,
    Our condolences on Andy's death. He was a great neighbor on LittleBrooke Trace. Our prayers are with the entire family at this time. From, robin and Tom
    10/18/2020 04:47 pm
    Gloria Blankenship lit a candle and writes,
    Gayle, Ken and I enjoyed working with your dad at Georgia-Pacific and I was so thrilled when he invited me to join you and your family on our weeklong sailing trip through the BVI. I will always remember his generosity. Ken and Gloria (Stillman) Blankenship
    10/18/2020 07:20 pm
    Melissa Grytdal writes,
    Sending my condolences. I met Andy through the Atlanta chapter of AIChE, and he always had a ready smile. It was a blessing to have met him.
    10/19/2020 10:09 am
    George and Ruth Nielsen lit a candle and writes,
    We are so sad to learn of Andy’s passing. We think of you often, seems like yesterday we would see Andy walking down the street. What a wonderful life you have shared. Our thoughts and prayers to Shirley and family.
    10/19/2020 10:52 am
    Meredith Hickey Barclay lit a candle and writes,
    Mrs. Gibson, Paul, I absolutely adored Mr. Gibson. He was such a wonderful man. He was my first boss who was not a family member. I always remember him whistling -- I knew when he was coming off of the elevators at GP because he was always whistling -- he just carried himself with such joy! I am so saddened by his passing. I always love getting your Christmas cards. Paul, I expect you to help your mom keep that tradition going ;-] I am thinking of all of you. I know Mr. Gibson is sailing in the bluest of waters, off the most beautiful islands and beaches, with the wind at his back, and his family surrounding him.
    10/19/2020 08:16 pm
    Susan Svensen Borchert writes,
    Condolences to you all on the passing of your husband and dad. I have fond memories of meeting you all over the years and certainly remember my last meeting with Andy and Todd at Dad's funeral in Newtown. Andy of course was Dad's favorite friend and best buddy throughout his life - another brother in many ways. I am loving the picture I have in my mind of them sailing together back then and maybe even now somewhere. I know I speak for my Mom, Verna, and sister Cindy, brother Erik and myself when i say we are sending thoughts and prayers your way. Susan
    10/20/2020 03:37 pm

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