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The Rev. Thomas W. Gibbs III 1951

Thomas W. Gibbs was interviewed by Karen H. Williams on January 4, 2010.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request .

Thomas Gibbs , Class of 1951, made national headlines when the AC Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi planned to initiate an African-American  into the national fraternity.  This resulted in their charter being revoked in 1949 and the chapter's subsequent affiliation with Phi Alpha Psi, as detailed in the book  "Passages of Time" by Douglas Wilson '61.  Gibbs went on to study theology and served in positions of increased responsibility for the Episcopal Church, becoming Dean, Cathedral Church of All Saints on St. Thomas, V.I. from 1966 until his retirement.

Karen H. Williams is a graduate of Bates College and the Catholic University School of Law.  She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C.  She also served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget and as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget.  She is currently a retired partner in the law firm of Crowell & Morning LLP where she specializes in seeking compensation for victims of terrorism.

  • Gibbs talks about his arrival at Amherst:
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  • Gibbs describes his years at All Saints Church in St. Thomas:
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  • Gibbs talks  about community service:
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  • Montage: All Saints Church, St. Thomas
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