The Norman Gibson Geology Field Study Scholarship will provide opportunities for Grand Valley State University students interested in geology or geoscience education related research. The intent of the scholarship is to perpetuate an appreciation for the geological sciences as reflected in the life of the person for whom the scholarship is named.
Norman McDonald Gibson, who died at the age of 91 on December 27, 2005 was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and survived by his children Ron and Bev Gibson, Pat Hossink, and Sue and John Van Wieren.
Norman was born in Canada to John Laing and Agnes Gibson on February 5, 1914. John, a stonecutter from Aberdeen, Scotland, continued to hone his craft throughout all of Norman’s adolescent years. On July 28, 1925 the Gibson family moved from Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Canada to the United States and settled in the Detroit area. At that time much of their house and grounds were adorned with granite carvings and stone artifacts that influenced their son, Norman.
In 1952, Norman, now with his own family, moved to Holland, Michigan, with H.E. Morse Company as a tool and die maker. In 1984, Norman retired from the Ottawa Gage Company only to come out of retirement in 1987 to help in his son’s business, Appenx, Inc., until he retired in 2003, at the age of 89.
Throughout his years in Holland, he was a member and former president of the Tulip City Gem and Mineral Club. Over this time, he was an avid gem and mineral collector, an advocate to all the members in the Gem and Mineral Club and took a personal interest in everyone who shared his passion.
This scholarship is given as a gift to Norman’s spirit and those who wish to celebrate in his life’s passion.