Vail Daily obituary: James Bradley Gibson, M.D., 1942-2014

James Bradley Gibson, M.D.

James Bradley Gibson, M.D., born Jan. 4, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, entered into eternal rest Monday. He was preceded in death by: his father James L. “Gibby” Gibson; and grandparents, Benjamin M. and Lou Eva Hightower Gibson, and Raymond L. and Bertha Mae Hastings Mills. He is survived by: his mother, Norma Mills Gibson; one brother, Gordon L. Gibson, M.D. (Mary); a sister, Jane Gibson; George (Charlie); two daughters, Lindsey B. “Gibby” Sullivan (Kevin) and Lindsay L. Heabel; one son, James Bradley Gibson; six granddaughters, Caitlin, Campbell and Adalie “Addie” Sullivan, Brianna Shinners, Paige and Kiernan “Kiki” Williams; and two grandsons, Ian Williams and Finn Sullivan; four nieces and one nephew, Gina Gibson Stouffer, Greta Gibson Walker, Allison George Freeman and Andrew Gibson George; three great nieces and two great nephews.

After attending high school at Little Rock Central High School and Hall High School in Little Rock, Bradley graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. In 1965, he graduated from medical school from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Following an internship at Kansas City General Hospital (Truman Medical Center) in Kansas City, Missouri, Bradley completed his residency in neurology at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa, a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a U.S. Navy commitment as department head of neurology at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York City.

Brad began private practice in July of 1971 with Colorado Springs Neurological Associates in Colorado. As founder and medical director of MRI of Colorado, he was credited with bringing MRIs into private practice to Colorado. From 1992 to September 2014, Brad’s solo private practice in medical neurology in Denver led him into new directions, becoming the medical director of Cherry Creek Headache, Neck and Back Pain Center in 2004, as well as private practice with Vail Integrated Medical Group in Edwards in 2005.

Among his many and varied interests, Brad was an accomplished classical pianist, avid snow skier (serving on the Aspen Ski Patrol), a connoisseur of gourmet cuisine, an opera enthusiast and an alpha male enamored with “fast” cars and “hot” Tobasco! Through his love of travel and interest in world cultures, he had BFFs (you know who you are) all around the world, from all walks of life. His keen mind, quick wit and dry sense of humor was trademark Brad. He loved and was loved dearly, leaving behind a legacy to be cherished. May his memory be eternal.

“Precious in the sight of The Lord is the death of His saints.” The veil between us is very thin — we’ll see you again one day, Bradley dear.

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A memorial service will be held Sunday at noon at Vail Memorial Park in Vail. A second service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Email janeggeorge@ for further information. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity.

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