Charles Gorman Gilbert, 71, died on December 13, 2014, at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, Michigan, following a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Gorman was born on June 27, 1943, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Charles Lewis Gilbert and Mariemma Gorman Gilbert and reared in Springfield, Ohio. Professionally Gorman enjoyed a career that integrated teaching, scholarship, business, and public service. In 1966 Gorman was granted a Bachelor of Science with honors in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where he was chapter president of Acacia fraternity. Following the receipt of a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1968, Gorman served as a submarine project engineer for the Naval Ship Systems Command of the Department off the Navy in Washington, DC. In 1972 he completed a PhD in Civil Engineering at the Transportation Institute of Northwestern University and began his academic career as an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Two years later he joined the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a professor until his resignation in 1988. He was the author of many peer-reviewed publications and notably The Taxicab: An urban survivor, which he authored in l982 with Robert E. Samuels.In 1986 Gorman was tapped by Ed Koch, mayor of New York City, to chair the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York. Gorman held this position for two years during which the commission addressed issues of unregulated non-medallion vehicles, regulation of quantity of medallions, fare increases for medallion operators, and need for authorized taxi lines at area airports. Leaving New York for Los Angeles, Gorman was senior vice president of SuperShuttle International, Inc. from 1988 to 1989and Gorman then became president of SuperShuttle’s sister company, Taxi Systems, Inc. Gorman returned to academia in 1991 to become director of Institute for Transportation Research in Raleigh, North Carolina, and professor of civil engineering at North Carolina State University. In 2000 Gorman was recruited by Oklahoma State University, and in 2006 Gorman retired due to illness from his position as Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Oklahoma State University and Director of the Oklahoma Transportation Center. At the 2015 dedication of the 33,000 square foot Bert Cooper Laboratory for the development of structural and material engineering, Gorman was honored for his partnership with Bert Cooper, former CEO and Board Chairman of W&W AFCO Steel, in having the foresight as well as institutional and industry support to develop this facility.As a member of the Chapel Hill Transportation Board Gorman contributed to the development of Chapel Hill Transit bus services and in particular paratransit services for persons with disabilities. In 1996 he was appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., to the Board of Transportation of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. At the national level from 1973 to 2009 Gorman was a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and from 1998 to 2002 he served on the TRB Executive Committee.Gorman was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, vision, and leadership. Over the years Gorman enjoyed going to the North Carolina beach with his family, golfing, biking, playing tennis, and running the Charlotte Marathon. He remained an avid follower of college basketball and football sports. For almost thirty years Gorman also was an active member of the Newman Catholic Center in Chapel Hill where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and participated in prison ministry.Gorman is survived by his daughter, Rachel Ellen Davis (Shannon), of Columbia, South Carolina, and son, Jason Alan Gilbert (Natasha) of New York City, and grandchildren Riley, Brindley, Colton, Hunter, and Rex. He is also survived by his sister, Anne Beidler (Peter) of Seattle and brother, David, Holton, Kansas, five cousins, three nephews, and three nieces.A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, at the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at 218 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research athttps://www.michaeljfox.org/
or National Parkinson Foundation atwww.parkinson.org
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