Robert Sibley, chairman of the Board of Directors, Bank of Berkeley, and president of the Board of Directors, East Bay Regional Parks, was born March 28,1881, in Round Mountain, Alabama; the son of Robert Pendleton and Susie (Bolling) Sibley.
Received his B.Sc. from College of Mechanics, University of California, in 1903 and the E.E. degree in 1922; did graduate work under Harris J. Ryan and Dexter S. Kimball, Stanford University, in 1930.
Mr. Sibley was chief electrical engineer for Mariposa Commercial & Mining Company, January-September 1903; professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Montana, 1903-04, of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, 1904-09, and dean of School of Engineering, 1903-07; in practice in Montana, 1907-11, as consultant for Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines, and other corporations; associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1911-12, and professor until 1915, University of California.
From 1919 to 1922 Mr. Sibley was editor of Western Industry; president of McGraw-Hill Company of California, 1919-22, and Pacific Coast consultant to 1925. He has been executive manager of California Alumni Association since 1923; president of Fidelity Acceptance Corporation 1927-47; director of American Alumni Council 1939-46 (president, 1942-44); and chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Berkeley since 1944.
Mr. Sibley was Western delegate to World Power Conference, London, in 1924; American delegate and delegate for American Society of Mechanical Engineers to World Power Conference, Berlin, in 1930, and in Stockholm in 1933.
Author of: “A Primer of Applied Thermodynamics”; “Elements of Fuel Oil and Steam Engineering” (with C. H. Delany), 1918; “Research Statistics on Undeveloped Water Power Resources of the United States”; “America’s Answer to the Russian Challenge,” 1931. Editor of Romance of the University of California, 1928, (sic) ’33; Golden Book of California, 1936; Folio of California Wildflowers, 1939; Folio of The Seasons of California, 1940; and Folio of Birds of California, 1944.
Fellow of American Institute of Electrical Engineers (vice president, 1921-23), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (vice president, 1921-23). Member of Delta Upsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi; Golden Bear Society (University of California); Masonic Order (K.T. Shriner); and the following clubs: Bohemian, Commonwealth, Engineers (San Francisco); Faculty (University of California); and Claremont Country (Oakland).
Mr. Sibley married Catharine Stone on September 8, 1904 (died May 29, 1942); one daughter, Catharine Elizabeth. His second marriage was to Carol Rhodes Johnston on December 6, 1943. His home is in Berkeley, California, at 1777 Leroy.
Offices: 2333 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California.
Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.
Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 279, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.
© 2014 Cecelia M. Setty.