Oliver Holmes Gish Obituary

Athens Banner-Herald
Thursday, February 26, 1987

Memorial Services For O.H. Gish, 103, Slated Saturday

Oliver Holmes Gish, 103, of 801 Riverhill Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 22. Mr. Gish, a native of Dickinson County, Kan., was a son of the late John E. and Fannie R. Herr Gish. He majored in physics at Kansas State College, graduating in 1908, and earned his mater's degree in 1913 at the University of Nebraska, returning as an insturctor of mathematics in 1914. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1918 as a research engineer with the Westinghouse Corp. In 1922 Mr. Gish joined the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washingotn where he was successively associate physicist 1922-27, physicist 1927-28, chief of the section on terrestrial electricity 1928-48 and assistant director 1933-46. He was a recognized authority in the areas of electrical currents of the earth and atmospheric electricity, publishing many papers and articles in professional journals. After retirement from the Carnegie Institution in 1948, Mr. Gish was a consultant to the U.S. Air Force, directing a program which collected data on thunderstorms by flying B-29 planes equipped with scientific instruments through and around storms 1948-49. He came out of retirement again in 1953 to engage in research for the U.S. Naval Mine Defense Laboratory in Panama City, Fla. In 1955-56 he served as a Visiting Professor of Physics at the Univeristy of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. His final retirment was in 1957 when he settled in Fort Pierce, Fla. Mr. Gish was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Physical Society. He was also a member and officer of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the Philosophical Society of Washington, the American Geophysical Union and the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi. After 1976 the Gishes moved to Athens, residing at the Lanier Gardens retirment apartments. Memorial services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowsihip. The Revs. Clifton Hoffman and Nancy Roemheld will officiate. Survivors include his wife, Edna M. Gish; three daughters, Eleanor Crow, Boulder, Colo., Lois Scott, Athens,, and Pauline Culling, Omaha, Neb.; a son, Donald Gish, Silver Springs, Md.; a sister Dorothea Souders, Sanger, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grenadchildren. Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.