After graduating from Paschal, I attended the University of Texas at Austin and then Texas Wesleyan University receiving a BA in English in 1960. Ailene Wehunt (AHHS ’56, Texas Wesleyan ’60) and I married in 1958. Our children and grandchildren are
– Daughter: Marian (Baylor graduate, married to Air Force LtCol Matt Floyd, and mother of three sons, Taylor, Logan, and Parker)
– Daughter: Marcia (Baylor graduate, married to Fort Worth businessman Greg Clifton, and mother of two daughters, Morgan and Natalie)
– Son: Michael (Texas A&M graduate, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and married to the former Denise Drosche).
Ailene and I will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary in June.
My professional biography is below;
Dr. William H. Gibson
Dr. Gibson is presently a visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, teaching courses in military ethics. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1995-2000, teaching courses in ethics and philosophy of religion. Additionally, he served as Chief, Ethical Development Branch with the Academy’s Center for Character Development. His retirement from the Air Force Academy capped a forty-year career as a teacher, military officer, chaplain, and professor. In 1962 after two years of teaching high school, Dr. Gibson joined the Marine Corps. He became an infantry officer, serving two one-year tours of duty in Vietnam, first as an advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion and training center and later as a company commander and civic action officer in the 1st Marine Division. He left active duty at the end of 1969 as a Major. In 1970, he entered Southwestern Baptist Seminary where he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees. After serving as Minister of Adult Education in a Fort Worth, Texas church, he returned to active duty in 1974 as a Navy Chaplain, serving sailors and Marines at sea, in the field, and overseas. He also served on the staff of the Navy Chief of Chaplains, at the Navy Chaplains School as an instructor, and as Command Chaplain for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, retiring in 1988 as a Commander. Following his retirement from the Navy, Dr. Gibson completed MA and PhD degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and became a lecturer there. His MA focused on the work of Carl von Clausewitz and his PhD concentrated on questions of war and peace from the standpoint of the American philosopher, John Dewey. His awards include Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award, Outstanding Academy Educator Award, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.