David Ralph KNIBBS, son of John Milton KNIBBS and Dorothy Ruth BROTHWELL , was born 04 February 1953 in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 05 August 2002 in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Pamela J STEPHENSON was born Private.

Children of David Ralph KNIBBS and Pamela J STEPHENSON are:
1. Christopher John KNIBBS, b. Private See Christopher John KNIBBS & Melissa M TRIPP
2. Tabitha Jeanne KNIBBS, b. Private See ? & Tabitha Jeanne KNIBBS

Marriage/Union Events for David Ralph KNIBBS\Pamela J STEPHENSON:

Other Marriages/Unions for Pamela J STEPHENSON:
See Gregory Curtis COOPER & Pamela J STEPHENSON

Notes for David Ralph KNIBBS:

David can be seen in World Book of Knibbses living in Bristol, Connecticut in the 1990's.

In the 80's I believe David was a keen SCUBA diver, an avid wreck diver and artifact hunter.

In 1984/85, David gave a talk on “The Lure of Sunken Ships,” to the Rocky Hill Historical Society

In 1992, David lived in Bristol, CT.

From the Hartford Courant:
Published on August 7, 2002.
KNIBBS, David R., PhD.

David R. Knibbs, PhD., 49, of Bristol, died Monday (August 5, 2002) at Bristol Hospital. Mr. Knibbs was born in Bristol on February 4, 1953 and was a son of John and Dorothy (Brothwell) Knibbs of Bristol. A lifelong Bristol resident, he graduated from Bristol Central High School, received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master's Degree from Central Connecticut State University, and subsequently a Doctorate in Pathobiology.


David's sister Betty wrote the following poem in his memory:

Dave - In memory of my brother, David R. Knibbs, Ph.D.

He took life by the horns
and shook it to prove
that all that he needed
was to do it - to move.

The gleam of his soul
shone in his eyes....
His heart was as big
as his intellect wise.

The sparkle of life
lived in his smile....
He touched everyone deeply,
if only for a while.

Whoever would have known,
whoever could have guessed
that we would, all too soon,
lose the brightest and best?

Betty K. Houle
Copyright ©2007 Betty K. Houle


From the Rxtra Magazine, a publication for the employees of Hartford Hospital, dated August 26, 2002:

David R. Knibbs, Ph.D, 49, director of Hartford Hospital's Electron Microscope Laboratory, died August 5 at Bristol Hospital. A member of Hartford Hospital's staff from July 1982, Mr. Knibbs joined Hartford Pathology Associates in July 2001, continuing under contract in the position of EM Lab director.
A lifelong Bristol resident, he graduated from Bristol Central High School, received a bachelor?s degree from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree from Central Connecticut State University, and his doctorate in pathobiology from the University of Connecticut. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford.
He was an avid SCUBA diver, recently completing his 100th dive. His love of diving brought him from the shores of Connecticut to the Fiji Islands in search of sunken ships. At his memorial service August 9, friends and family characterized not the sadness of a young life ended early, but the accomplishments of a man who enjoyed life and everyone involved with him. His pastor spoke of Dave's charity to those he knew of only through his church, and how annually, Dave and his two children would personally do a massive grocery shopping before the holidays to ensure those in need in Bristol were taken care of. William Pastuszak, MD, director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, spoke of Dave's professionalism and keen insight into electron microscopy, and Dave's innate ability to brighten up any gathering. Others who eulogized Dave - among whom were his close diving partner, and high school and college teachers - reaffirmed Dave's drive, humor and dedication to anything and anyone who came in touch with him.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Knibbs is survived by a son, Christopher and a daughter, Tabatha; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Robert Avolt of Bristol, and Betty and Roger Houle of Bristol; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Clark of Farmington; a special friend, Nancy Muller; and several neices, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, John E. Knibbs.
Memorial donations may be made to the Prospect United Methodist Church Book of Remembrance Fund, 99 Summer St.,
Bristol, CT 06010.

Richard Cartun, Director of Immunopathology & Co-Director, Histology at Hartford Hospital wrote:
It is with great sadness that I announce the untimely death of my friend and
colleague, David R. Knibbs, Ph.D. He collapsed and died after an evening
run (one of his joys in life) on Monday, August 5th. David (49 years ol
was our Director of Electron Microscopy and worked with me very closely
here at Hartford Hospital. Like me, David completed his Ph.D. studies in
Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut. We will miss him enormously.

David Ralph Knibbs
Birth: February 4, 1953 in Bristol, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Electron microscopist
Source: Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2004.

Source Citation

Family: s. John Milton and Dorothy (Brothwell) K.; children: Christopher John, Tabitha Jeanne. Education: BS, U. Conn., 1977; MA, Cen. Conn. State U., 1986; PhD, U. Conn., 1995. Memberships: Microscopy Soc. Am. (cert.), New Eng. Soc. Electron Microscopy, Conn. Microscopy Soc. (treas. 1985-87, v.p. 1987-88, pres. 1988-89), Sigma Xi. Addresses: Office, Hartford Hosp, EM Div, 80 Seymour St, Hartford, CT, 06115-2701.

Positions Held: electron microscopist, Hartford (Conn.) Hosp., 1982; rsch. asst., U. Conn. Health Ctr., Farmington, 1979-82; animal health technician, Chippens Hill Vet. Hosp., Bristol, 1976-79. Career-Related: adj. faculty U. Hartford, 1988; presenter at profl. confs.

Contbr. articles to Archives Otolaryngology, Jour. Histotechnology, Human Pathology, Ultrastructural Pathology, others.

This individual's biographical profile has been published in the following Marquis publications: Who's Who in Science and Engineering ®, 2nd edition

"David Ralph Knibbs." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2004.
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2004. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC

Document Number: K2021038569

David was an active member of the Connecticut Microscopy Society at the University of Connecticut,and held the following positions:
1985-1987 - Treasurer
1987-1988 - Vice President
1988-1989 - President

Sources for David Ralph KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,

Notes for Pamela J STEPHENSON: