Lewis E. Gibson, 80, Physician specializing in cystic fibrosis


Dr. Lewis E. Gibson, 80, of
Sturgeon Bay, Wis., formerly of Oak Park, died of respiratory failure on April 15, 2008. Born in Georgia, he received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. At Children’s Hospital in Boston, he began research into cystic fibrosis and continued it at the National Institutes of Health.

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In the 1950s, he developed a procedure with Robert Cooke, which used an electric current to transmit medicine to a patient that produced enough sweat to test for cystic fibrosis in infants. The procedure is still used today.


Dr. Gibson directed the cystic fibrosis program at
Yale University, then moved to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in the 1970s. He was the chair of Loyola University Medical School‘s pediatric department, then headed the school’s cystic fibrosis clinic until his retirement in 1995. He also directed the Rush University Medical Center‘s CF clinic from 1984 to 1991.


Outside of work, he loved bicycling and hunting.


He is survived by his third wife, Dr. Patricia Nell; his daughters, Katharine and Ellen; his sons, Peter and Richard; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosalie.


Services will be private.

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