Alan William Gibney Final 08/15/2014
GIBNEY- Alan W. Bennington VT, formerly of Pittsburgh PA., died of ALS on Friday August 15, 2014, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Brother to Robert M. Gibney of Dorset VT and Janet G. Pillard of Vero Beach FL., and brother-in-law to Salley Gibney and Edward Pillard, and uncle to Dr. Salley Anne Pels, Matthew Gibney, Tiffany Serafin, Kelly, Craig and Eric Pillard.
Born in New York City on February 17, 1948, Alan grew up in Syosset, New York. Alan was a graduate of Clarkson University, BS degree in Chemical Engineering 1969, and Penn State MS degree in Physical Chemistry in 1976.
After active duty in the US Army Corps of Engineers, from1969 to 1976, in Thailand, Germany, and Vietnam, Captain Alan Gibney, begin his 35 year career at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh PA. As Chief Engineer and Senior Advisor, Alan’s contributions to Naval nuclear ship engineering for submarines and aircraft carriers were epic. His last project of designing the propulsion system for the advanced aircraft carrier CVN Gerald R Ford was completed just prior to the onset of his ALS affliction, which led to his early retirement.
Throughout his devastating illness during the last 10 months, Alan demonstrated courage and dignity to his family, friends and the staff and residents at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Alan was the catalyst for the monthly ALS Support Group and the ALS Walk to be held in Bennington this October 2014. His generosity and dedication to family, friends, and to his country through military and civilian contributions to our Nation's security, will be deeply missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Four Chaplains All Faiths Memorial Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington VT, following a private interment at Saratoga National Cemetery. His family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Friends of Vermont Veterans’ Home, through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201 Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net