NO. R-103.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Dr. Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. of South Hero.


Offered by:  Senator Munt of Chittenden County.

Whereas, Dr. Bruce Gibbard was a native of Ottawa, Canada but spent much of his professional psychiatric career as a teacher and administrator at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and

Whereas, before embarking on his medical training, he pursued a different career path as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) stationed in British Columbia, and

Whereas, after graduating from Queen’s University Medical School in Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Gibbard was awarded (with distinction) a diploma in psychiatry from McGill University in Montreal, and

Whereas, he served as an Associate Dean for Education and later as a Professor of Psychiatry at McGill, and

Whereas, Dr. Gibbard held several appointments at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and

Whereas, in 1980, his reputation as a talented psychiatrist and administrator prompted the University of Vermont College of Medicine to appoint him as director of psychotherapy training in the department of psychiatry, and

Whereas, after a decade directing the psychotherapy program, Dr. Gibbard devoted his time at the university to teaching where, in 1994, his innovative teaching skills earned him the psychiatry department’s outstanding teaching award, and

Whereas, in addition to his University of Vermont duties, he served as an attending psychiatrist at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and conducted a private psychoanalytic practice, and

Whereas, Dr. Gibbard, as a member of the Burlington Psychoanalytic Study Group, designed and presented a unique educational opportunity for area psychotherapists, and

Whereas, his colleagues valued his friendship and his extraordinary talent as a mentor, and

Whereas, he profoundly influenced the lives and well‑being of the many Vermonters who consulted him, and

Whereas, he enriched the level of psychiatric education and practice in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, his professional colleagues and many friends valued his friendship and were saddened by the news of his death, and

Whereas, his wife Ingelise, his sons Edward and Richard, his daughters Avery and Sophie, and his five grandchildren will especially miss his presence in their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of Dr. Bruce Gibbard, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ingelise Gibbard in South Hero.