Catherine Rademacher Gibson

Catherine Rademacher Gibson

Catherine Rademacher Gibson (1907–1996) was born in Austin, Minnesota, the second child of Francis Aloysius Rademacher and Minnie Cotter Rademacher. She grew up with her brothers Clyde and Raymond in Watertown, South Dakota, and in 1923 her family moved to Minneapolis. She graduated with an art degree from the University of Minnesota in 1929 and taught art in the Detroit Public Schools until her marriage to Captain Verne Cyril Gibson (1904–1989), an engineer for the United States Lighthouse Service. After the birth of Patricia Jean Gibson and Mary Karen Gibson, Verne and Catherine relocated to Marblehead, Massachusetts, where Catherine began painting watercolors as the family continued to move around the country, finally settling in San Francisco. Catherine created her “memory paintings” series as a way to tell her childhood stories and cheer up her husband during the last years of his life.