Norma E. Gibson, 85, wife of retired University at Buffalo professor Oliver Gibson, died Monday (June 18, 2001) in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, where she had been a resident since 1999.
Born in Centerville, Nova Scotia, the former Norma Morehouse attended schools there and did clerical work for a local fish processing company before she was married in 1941.
She came to the United States with her husband in 1953, when he took up doctoral studies at Harvard University, and they moved to Buffalo in 1961. She lived in North Buffalo and the Sweet Home section of Amherst.
When her husband served as chairman of UB's department of school administration and acting chairman of the School of Social Work, she was well-known among his graduate students and colleagues for her social grace and hospitality.
Upon his retirement, a group of his former students in the Society of Educational Administrators presented her with a tribute "for her unselfish and loyal support to her husband, which entitles her to share his honors."
She was a member of the Women's Club of UB and the Harvard Dames.
Surviving are a daughter, Glenda M. of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Reichert of Digby, Nova Scotia, and Edith Morehouse of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia; and two brothers, Ralph Morehouse of Bidford, Nova Scotia, and Edwin Morehouse of St. John's, New Brunswick.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Canterbury Woods, 705 Renaissance Drive, Amherst.