complex processes that defied mathematical prediction. His laboratory was often found in nature, as he frequently resorted to experiments there.
In addition to his stellar professional life, John was a devoted father and grandfather, sponsoring an annual family reunion known as Gidleyfest at locations throughout the United States. He was active as a cub master for Cub Scouts Pack 280 at Holy Ghost Catholic Parish and School. A convert to the Roman Catholic faith, he served as a lector at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston.
John supported many charitable causes and helped endow new student scholarship funds at Spring Hill College, the debate program at the University of Kansas, and the University of Texas School of Engineering. In addition to his enjoyment of teaching and stressing the importance of education, he had a lively sense of humor and was well known for his warmth, for his humility, and for making people feel at ease.
It truly can be said that John Gidley’s life was a treasure for all of us who had the good fortune to know him.
Dr. Gidley was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jane Boggus and infant son, his brother Jack Gidley, and his sisters Jane Kenagy and Betsy Shaw. He is survived by his wife Virginia Anne Platz, his children Michael Andrew Gidley, John Mark Gidley (Bridget), Carol Gidley Wright (Charlie), Dr. Paul William Gidley (Milvia), Brian David Gidley, Allyson Anne Morrison (Richard), and Neil P. Gidley (Maggie), and his sister Margaret Clover and brother William J. Gidley, and his grandchildren Danielle Gidley, George Franklin Gidley, Travis Gidley, Jessica Gidley, Jack Gidley, Edward Gidley, Elizabeth Gidley, Charlotte Gidley, Eliza and Dalton Wright, Gabriel Gidley, Haley Morrison, Austin Morrison, John Lytle Morrison, Julia Morrison, Lauren Morrison, and Colin Patrick Gidley.