Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Douglas L. Gibson, MBE, BSA, MS, PhD (1976-81)

Dr. Gibson received the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. He served in the Canadian Army as Nutrition Advisor and was honored with membership in the Order of the British Empire for his work on the development of a high protein milk supplement to increase protein intake of the injured. In 1946, Dr. Gibson joined the College of Agriculture. He served as head of the Dairy and Food Science Department from 1948-1976. His research resulted in the publication of more than 50 scientific papers. He was keenly interested in improving nutrition in developing countries. International work included service with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Canadian International Development Agency, working in India, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland. From 1970-1981, he was Technical Secretary for the International Dairy Education Centre in Copenhagen. He was Nutrition Advisor to the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association and produced the first comprehensive report on feeding in logging camps. He became Dean of Home Economics in 1976, and graduates recount with affection his support of students and student activities.

Dr. Gibson completed the term as Dean in 1981 and retired from the University in 1982. At the time of his death, that same year, he was working with a Canadian Executive Service Overseas project in Egypt. In 1983, the College recognized Dean Gibson’s commitment to students by establishing the Douglas L. Gibson Award. It was presented annually to the Home Economics student, and now Nutrition student, with the greatest academic improvement between second and third years.

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