The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation - founders, Harvey D. Gibson, Helen W. Gibson, Wendell D. Woodbury and Evelyn S. Woodbury. North Conway, NH

P.O. Box 406 North Conway, NH 03860 • 603-356-5315• E-Mail
Harvey D. & Helen W. Gibson

 

The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation was established in 2010 to support the ideals of its founders, Harvey D. Gibson, Helen W. Gibson, Wendell D. Woodbury and Evelyn S. Woodbury. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the vitality and wellness of all Mount Washington Valley residents through charitable giving to established non-profit organizations.

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Harvey D. Gibson
Evelyn S. Woodbury
Harvey Dow Gibson was born on March 12, 1882 in North Conway, New Hampshire. He was the son of James Lewis and Addie Dow Gibson. Harvey had one sibling, an older sister, Fannie Louise Gibson; the mother of Wendell Dewitt Woodbury, Roliston Gibson Woodbury and Darthea Woodbury.
» Education
  • Fryeburg Academy
  • Bowdoin College , A.B. 1902
» Honorary Degrees
  • LL.D. Bowdoin College 1919
  • LL.D. University of New Hampshire , 1933
  • LL.D. Northeastern University, 1945
» Married Carrie Hastings Curtis on June 10, 1903, later divorced
» Married Helen Whitney Bourne on March 12, 1926
» Employment
  • 1902 - Harvey 's first job out of college was as an office boy for American Express Company in Boston
  • 1903 - Promoted to Chief Clerk of the Financial Dept at American Express Company
  • 1903 to 1906 - Financial Agent in the Montreal office of American Express
  • 1906 to 1909 - Assistant Manager Financial Dept, American Express, Boston
  • 1909 to 1910 - Assistant Manager Financial Dept, American Express, New York
  • 1910 to 1912 - Vice-President and General Manager of the Raymond & Whitcomb Company, New York
  • 1912 - Assistant to the President of Liberty National Bank, New York
  • 1913 - Vice-President of Liberty National Bank of New York
  • 1916 to 1921 - President of the Liberty National Bank of New York . This position brought Harvey much acclaim as at the time he was the youngest bank President (at 34 years old) ever at a large Wall Street bank.
  • 1921 to 1931 - President of the New York Trust Company
  • 1931 to 1950 President, Chairman of the Board, and majority shareholder of Manufacturers Trust Company of New York
» Directorships
  • American Home Products Corporation
  • American Smelting & Refining Company
  • Beech-Nut Packing Company
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company
  • Hershey Creamery Company
  • Home Insurance Company
  • Huron Holding Corporation
  • Loew's Incorporated
  • McKesson & Robbins, Incorporated
  • Mercantile Trust & Deposit Company
  • New England Public Service Company
  • New York , New Haven & Hartford Railroad
  • Pacific Fire Insurance Company
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Seagram's Distillers Corporation
  • Sheridan-Wyoming Coal Company
  • Shuron Optical Company
  • Sugar Planters Corporation
  • Textile Banking Company
  • United Biscuit Company
  • United States Lines Company
  • Western Electric Company
  • Wright Aeronautical Corporation
  • Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation
» American Red Cross activities
  • 1917 - Chairman New York Chapter
  • 1917 - General Manager of the National Organization
  • 1917 to 1919 - Member of the President's War Council & War Finance Commission
  • 1919 - Lt Col United States Army
  • 1919 - Colonel United States Army
  • 1918 - Red Cross Commissioner for France
  • 1919 - Red Cross Commissioner for Europe
  • 1919 - Incorporator of the National Organization
  • 1920 - Honorary Vice-Chairman and Director of the New York Chapter
  • 1942 to 1945 - Commissioner to Great Britain
  • 1944 to 1945 - Commissioner to Great Britain and all of Western Europe
  • 1946 to 1947 - National Chairman
» Decorations
  • 1919 - Officer of the Legion of Honor (France)
  • 1919 - Commander, Order of the Crown ( Belgium )
  • 1922 - Knight Order of Vasa ( Sweden )
  • 1939 - Knight Order of the Crown ( Romania )
  • 1945 - United States Medal of Merit
» Civil Offices
  • Mayor, Village of Lattingtown , (Locust Valley-Long-Island) New York
  • Honorary Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County , California
  • Honorary Deputy Sheriff, Carroll County , New Hampshire
  • The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • The Honorable Order of Louisiana Colonels
» Other Organizations (Harvey Gibson was a Trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the following organizations during his lifetime)
  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • American Institute of Banking
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bankers Association
  • Commerce and Marine Commission
  • American Committee of Short-Term Creditors of Germany , Chairman
  • American Committee of Short-Term Creditors of Hungary , Chairman
  • American Horse Show Association
  • Beekman Downtown Hospital , Treasurer
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bowdoin College Sesquicentennial Fund 1948
  • Chamber of Commerce State of New York 1947, Vice President
  • Clearing House Association
  • Community Service Society
  • Emergency Food Collection Inc., Treasurer
  • English Speaking Union
  • Economic Club of New York
  • Federal Hall Memorial, New York City
  • Florence Nightingale International Foundation
  • Fryeburg Academy
  • Greater New York Fund
  • Helen Keller Endowment Fund, Treasurer (Helen Keller was a personal friend of Harvey Gibson)
  • Jane A. Delano Memorial Fund, Treasurer
  • LaGuardia Foundation, Treasurer
  • The Long-Island Association
  • The Maine Society
  • Meadow Brook Hounds
  • Hunt Foundation, Master of the Fox Hounds
  • National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
  • National Ski Patrol System
  • Naval Historical Association
  • Newcomen Society of England-American Branch
  • North Country Community Hospital
  • New York City Emergency Unemployment Relief Committee
  • New York Community Trust
  • New York Racing Commission
  • New York State Bankers Associations
  • New York World's Fair, Finance Committee Chairman 1936-1941
  • Piping Rock Horse Show Association
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • The Turrell Fund
  • United Nations Committee-City of New York
  • Westchester Racing Association
» Club Memberships
  • Advertising Club of New York
  • Bankers Club of America , Charter Member, Treasurer and President 1920-1938
  • Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club
  • Bond Club of New York
  • Buck's Club of London
  • The Creek Club, New York
  • The Links Club of New York
  • The Links Golf Club
  • Madison Square Garden Club, President, part owner, Governor
  • Meadow Brook Club
  • Metropolitan Club
  • Miramichi-Renous Fishing Club's Gibson Lodge , New Brunswick , Canada
  • National Golf Links of America , Founding Member
  • New York Yacht Club
  • Piping Rock Club
  • Portland Country Club
  • Racquet & Tennis Club
  • River Club
  • Recess Club
  • Travelers Club of Paris
  • Turf & Field Club
  • Union League Club, Vice-President 1944-1946
  • Union Interalliee Club-Paris
  • University Club
  • Wall Street Club
  • Westminster Kennel Club
  • Yankee Club
  • The "29" Club
  • Atlantic Salmon Association
  • The Rolling Rock Club
» Awards
  • 1934 - Gold Medal Award for outstanding achievement for the betterment of New York
  • 1938 - Curtis Bowdoin Prize
  • 1919 - Gold Medal Award from the American Red Cross War Council to commemorate his vision and achievement
  • New York Certificate for services rendered to New York State during World War 1
  • 1942 - Award Certificate presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in recognition of faithful and meritorious service oversees
  • 1945 - Award Certificate of Merit presented by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, European Theater, in recognition of meritorious and outstanding performance of Military Duty during World War II
  • 1948 - Pettee Medal from the University of New Hampshire in recognition of his valuable contribution to the development of recreational facilities in the State of New Hampshire and his contribution to National and World Affairs because of his deep and abiding interest in The American Red Cross
» Notable Buildings
  • 1924 - Gibson Music Hall , Fryeburg Academy
  • 1937 - Founder, Mt. Cranmore Ski Resort, North Conway
  • 1954 - The Harvey Dow Gibson Hall of Music, Bowdoin College
  • 2007 - Harvey Dow Gibson Athletic Center, Fryeburg Academy
Evelyn S. Woodbury, wife of Wendell D. Woodbury (Harvey Dow Gibson's nephew), made a generous contribution in the fall of 2007 to the Capital Campaign for the reconstruction of the Harvey Dow Gibson Gymnasium and Athletic Center that had been destroyed by fire on October 12, 2005. This gift became the genesis of the Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation.

 

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