Thursday, August 15, 2002

Washington College Celebrates Helen Gibson's 90th Birthday

Free Public Concert in Her Honor to be Held August 27

Chestertown, MD, August 15, 2002 — Washington College will hold a free public concert Tuesday, August 27, 2002 in honor of Helen Gibson, former First Lady of Washington College, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday.
World-renowned pianist Stefan Scaggiari will perform in the Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center, at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the concert and the reception to follow. As the wife of the late College president Daniel Z. Gibson, Helen Gibson first arrived in Chestertown in 1950. As the First Lady of the College from 1950 to 1970, Gibson was instrumental in bringing a greater appreciation and support for the arts to Chestertown and to the College. A talented pianist in her own right, she co-founded the Washington College Concert Series, now in its 51st season. In that same year, Gibson founded the Women's League of Washington College, still going strong with fund-raising efforts in support of scholarships for students and materials for the College's Miller Library. Recently, she helped to provide the impetus for the creation of the campus' arboretum. Mrs. Gibson enlisted the help of College friend Winslow Long, a member of the College's 1782 Society, and biology professor Rosemary Ford in the creation of the arboretum, dedicated in 1998. "Helen's energy and vision have given much life to the arts and helped to shape the creative culture that distinguishes our campus and Chestertown today," said Dr. John Toll, president of the College. "We are proud to honor Helen and her contributions to Washington College on the very special day of her 90th birthday, and hope that all her friends and acquaintances in Chestertown will come to celebrate it with us."

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