Dr. Richard A. ‘Dick’ Gibboney


Feb. 6, 1927 – Jan. 24, 2018

Dr. Richard “Dick” A. Gibboney, 90, Birchrun­ville, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late James W. and Marguerite (Keen) Gibboney.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Roberta “Bobbie” (Henderson) Gibboney; two children: Richard A. Gibboney Jr. of Washing­ton, D.C., and Diane G. Carr of Carmel, Ind.; two grandchildren: Megan and Emily Carr; and a sister, Phyllis Hultman of Altoona.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Weiksner.

Dick graduated from Altoona High School, after which he served in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsyl­vania State University, a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University and a Doctorate of Education from George Peabody College.

He taught in the Jackson, Mich., public schools, and he served the Pennsylvania Department of Education as director of curriculum development and then as Pennsylvania Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction (1957-65). He was Vermont’s Comm­issioner of Education. He was Professor Emeritus University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where he worked 1967-99. He wrote three books about teaching excellence, school reform and many other written works. Dick was an active member of the John Dewey Society, Phi Delta Kappa and other professional and honorary organizations.

His passions included public education, all intellectual pursuits to “expand his mind,” flying, voracious reading (The New York Times and anything within reach) and the environment.

His humor, generosity, intelligence and love of family will be greatly missed, and he will be remembered as he described himself: “Father. Teacher. Pilot. Writer. Liberal.”

The family is planning a small private ceremony at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery at a later date. Arrange­ments are by Leppert Mortuary, Carmel, Ind.

Memorial contributions can be made to the John Dewey Society.

You are invited to visit leppertmortuary.com to read his full obituary and leave a remembrance.