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Stanford Report, May 9, 2001
Weldon Gibson, a founder of Stanford Research Institute, dies

Weldon "Hoot" Gibson, senior director emeritus of SRI International, died May 6 at Stanford University Hospital of heart failure. He was 84.

Gibson, who received his M.B.A. in 1940 and his Ph.D. in 1950 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, was one of the founders of SRI (then the Stanford Research Institute), joining as chairman of business and economics and becoming chairman of international programs in 1947.

He remained at SRI for more than 40 years, building it into a worldwide research and technology development operation, and organizing and directing more than 80 major international conferences for senior business executives in 25 countries.

Gibson was named associate director of SRI in 1956, vice president in 1959, executive vice president in 1960, senior director in 1982 and senior director emeritus in 1988.

Before joining SRI, Gibson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as director of materiel requirements, retiring as a colonel, and was assistant director of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.

He was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Merit in 1946 and the order of Commander of the British Empire in 1947. In recognition of his lifetime of achievements, SRI established the Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award in 1999.

Gibson was a native of Eldorado, Texas, and a 1938 graduate of Washington State University. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen; a son, David; and a grandson, Ruben.

Funeral services are private. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Memorial Church.

Donations can be made to the Dr. Weldon B. Gibson Memorial Fund, Peninsula Community Foundation, 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402-3049. SR

Weldon "Hoot" Gibson