Glenn J. Gibson (1913-2000) graduated from Lehigh University in 1935 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, followed by a master’s degree in 1937. Following graduation, Gibson was a professional tank welding and shipbuilding engineer with several steel companies, followed by a career at Airco, Inc. In 1962, Gibson founded Gibson Tube Inc., a New Jersey-based company that produces stainless steel and corrosion-resistant alloy tubing.
Gibson held eight patents, including one for the metal inert gas welding gun which is considered to be the beginning of the modern welding systems. He was the author of 15 technical articles on welding.
Gibson’s support of Lehigh included the Glenn J. Gibson Fellowship Fund for graduate students associated with civil engineering; the Bruce Johnston Professorship for faculty in civil engineering and stability research; and the provost’s discretionary fund for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Since his death in 2000, Gibson’s family, including his son, James ’99P, a member of the Lehigh’s Parents’ Committee, has continued to support civil and environmental engineering at Lehigh.