Dr. Patty Gibbs Wahlberg

WAHLBERG, Dr. Patty Gibbs, 65, of Kinsport, TN formerly of Weirton, WV, passed away Thursday March 28, 2013, in Greenville, TN.

She was born May 3, 1947, in Steubenville, OH, the daughter of the late Robert Duane Gibbs and Helen Blankenship Gibbs Detrick.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Wahlberg; brother, Robert “Rick” Gibbs.

She received a master’s degree in social work in 1971 and a doctoral degree in education in 1982, both from West Virginia University. For many years she directed two different undergraduate social work programs, first at WVU and then at East Tennessee State University. She was known nationally for her publications and presentations on social work education issues and regionally for her work on professional ethics. She served the field of social work in two professional organizations; The Baccalaureate Program Directors Association and the Council on Social Work Education.

In 1982, as a doctoral student, she was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Award for outstanding doctoral research, and in 1994, as a faculty member, she was the recipient of the Mary Catherine Buswell Award for outstanding contributions to women, awarded by WVU Council for Women’s Concerns. She was the recipient of outstanding teacher/faculty awards at both WVU and East Tennessee State University, the latter presented to her by the Student Social Work Association.

International experiences included teaching English in China in the summer of 2004 and professional paper presentations in Japan in 1989 and 2003.

She is survived by two sons, Shaun Paul Snyder (Kelly Mack Snyder) of Oviedo, FL and Brian Robert Meehan of Morgantown, WV; sister, Sue Gibbs Minor (Phil) of Weirton, WV.

Memorial service will be held at the Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, WV on Saturday April 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Rhodes presiding. www.steelandwolfe.com