San Diego Union-Tribune (Sunday)
Nancy Reed Gibson
September 11, 1928 - November 8, 2020
SAN DIEGO — Nancy Reed Gibson, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Susan “Susie” Robinson (Bob) and son, Paul M. Reed (Diane); grandchildren Michael Reed (Nichole), Deanna Vincent (Bob), Scott Reed (fiancée Jill), and Kathryn Robinson; great-grandchildren Olav and Svea Vincent; stepchildren David Gibson (Katie), Meredith “Meg” Curley (Gerry), Craig Gibson (Nancy), Ross Gibson (Jean), Emily Williams (Kirk), Mary “Molly” Sharon (Michael); 10 stepgrandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Daughter of Josephine Marie Wilson Fidler and Clarence Mansfield Fidler, Nancy was born in Oregon and grew up in Pasadena, Newport Beach, and San Diego, CA; she graduated from San Diego High School. Nancy earned her B.A. at San Diego State University in 1950 and received her M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis in Psychology in 1959.
Nancy was happily married to her college sweetheart, Donald Edward Reed, from 1949 until his death 42 years later. Along with raising a family, the couple enjoyed dancing, sailing and skiing. They were active members of the First United Methodist Church of Mission Valley. Nancy’s faith and church involvement brought her great joy and peace throughout her life.
A renowned educator, Nancy was a professor in the Speech Department at SDSU, where she taught Communication and Speech Pathology and supervised graduate students in clinical practice for 21 years. In 1953, Nancy established the San Diego State College Children’s Speech and Hearing Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Sue Earnest.
In 1975, Nancy was appointed Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic in Logan Heights.
She was a past president of SDSU Alumni Association and Pi Beta Phi Alumni Chapter. She also served as San Diego’s President of the International Visitor’s Council. Nancy was named a “Woman of Dedication” by the Salvation Army and received the spirit of I.V.C. Award. She also was selected by SDSU’S Mortar Board Society as a “Distinguished Alumni” member.
Nancy served for six years on the Board of the National Council for International Visitors in Washington, D. C. This work combined her passions for global travel and people. It was in this capacity that she met her second husband, John S. Gibson. They were blessed to share 20 years together, traveling extensively and enjoying time with family and friends in S.D. and Cape Cod, Mass.
A private service for immediate family members will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Earnestreed clinic room at SDSU School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Send to: The Campanile Foundation; Attn: Natasha Bliss; 5500 Campanile Dr.; San Diego, CA, 921281968 OR http://campaign. sdsu.edu/earnestreed.