Christopher Gibbs Obituary
Mr Christopher Gibbs, who died on June 3 at the age of 82 was Chief Agent of the National Trust from 1960 to 1966. He was the first land agent on the Trust's staff.
After Winchester and university College, Oxford, he trained in estate management and was appointed Assistant Secretary by the Trust in 1935.
A member of the City and London Yeomanry he joined his regiment on the outbreak of war and commanded a light onto aircraft battery, but in 1942 he was recalled from the Army and appointed Deputy Chief Agent for the National Trust to deal with the very extensive new management responsibilities it had acquired.
Of all the work he accomplished by far the most importance was his conception of a national appeal for the preservation of the coast, which was his own idea and one for which credit is due solely to him.
Not only has the appeal itself - which still continues after 20 years - been a great success, but it has also radically altered the attitude of Government awards coastal preservation.
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