Professor Wesley Gibson, R.I.P.

Dear Saint Mary’s Community Members,

It is with a profound sense of regret and sorrow that I must inform the Saint Mary's community that we learned today of the untimely death of Professor Wesley Gibson, a dedicated teacher and mentor, noted author and a beloved member of our College community. We are tremendously saddened by the loss of our colleague. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, students, former students, and many loved ones. We are keeping Wesley in our prayers, in the confident belief that he is in God's embrace.

Grief counseling is available through the Saint Mary’s College Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office to help community members cope with this loss. Additionally, the Christian Brothers and the Mission and Ministry Center staff are available to those on our campus who need support. 

The College is taking the necessary steps regarding academic completion arrangements for undergraduate and graduate students who were in Professor Gibson's fall classes. Students registered in his courses this fall will receive direct correspondence from the directors of the related programs about the procedures by which credit will be granted. 

Wesley Gibson joined the College in 2005 and taught in the College's English department and in the MFA in Creative Writing program. He also taught in Collegiate Seminar and January Term. A gifted and accomplished writer, he was the author of the memoir You Are Here and the novels Shelter and Personal Saviors. Professor Gibson's stories have appeared in The Village Voice and the Mississippi Review, among other places, and his art criticism appeared in The New Art Examiner. He was also an editor for the literary journal Bloom. 

The College will be reaching out to Wesley’s family, close friends, and colleagues to commemorate and celebrate his life. We will provide more specific details once they become available. 

This is a sorrowful day and, again, we pray for strength, courage, and God's grace for Wesley's family, friends, colleagues, students and loved ones. He was a remarkable Saint Mary's professor who contributed to the academic distinctiveness of the College and the intellectual and artistic growth of his students. He will be greatly missed. 


James Donahue