About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Maly Gibbon is interviewed on her first husband Dr. John Gibbon's involvement with communist sympathizers beginning in 1936 via his work with the Friends of Democracy. While he never actually joined the party, Maly claims that Jack was very active within this particular organization until it was disbanded shortly before WWII. While her husband was away during the war, Maly worked for the University of Pennsylvania's Medical School during their search for a cure for phosgene poisoning. Following his return from war, John Gibbon would continue his work on the Heart-Lung machine, for which he would later become famous.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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