Oral and maxillofacial radiology| Volume 115, ISSUE 2, P254, February 2013

In memoriam

S. Julian Gibbs, DDS, PhD
    Published:December 20, 2012DOI:
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        S. Julian Gibbs, DDS, PhD
        Longtime Vanderbilt faculty member Julian Gibbs, Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Emeritus, died October 25, 2012, at the age of 80. A native of northwest Alabama, Julian studied sciences at the University of Alabama and received his DDS from Emory University in 1956. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and practicing dentistry in Vernon, Alabama, near his family home, he developed an interest in the intersection of radiation biology and dentistry. He received his PhD from the University of Rochester, New York, in the field of radiation biology and biophysics in 1969 and joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1970. Dr. Gibbs' early research centered on radiation effects on cell-cycle kinetics and later on risk assessment associated with medical and dental radiography. He was a pioneer in applying computational techniques to studies of radiation dose distribution to critical organs. More recently, Dr. Gibbs focused on research involving magnetic resonance imaging of the temporomandibular joint and localized spectroscopy. He was a diplomate and former president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) and Measurements Committee. In this latter capacity he was the cochair for the NCRP report on radiation protection in dentistry and a committee member on the NCRP report on implementation of the principle of as low as reasonably achievable for medical and dental personnel. During his career, Dr. Gibbs authored or coauthored more than 150 articles, chapters, and presentations, including the Radiology Centennial Oration at the 1995 Academy meeting in Chicago. Among his many interests, Dr. Gibbs was a passionate supporter of the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. He was also especially fond of bow ties, everything associated with Vanderbilt, and choral music and enjoyed participating in the choir of Belle Meade United Methodist Church, where he was a member for 42 years. He is survived by Emily, his wife of 54 years, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.
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