OBITUARY

Andrew Dennis Hibbs

September 13, 1963January 8, 2015

Andrew Dennis Hibbs was born in 1963 in Shrewsbury, England. He was raised in the English midlands town of Derby, where, surrounded by a large, loving family, he showed early signs of scientific genius. He attended Cambridge University in England where he pursued degrees in both engineering and physics while acting as the captain of his rowing crew at Christ College, coaching girls rowing and tutoring other students in math and physics. When he received his PhD in engineering and physics, he was offered a fellowship at Cambridge University, which was an exceptional honor which this young man of 24 declined in favor of pursuing a career in high technology in San Diego, California. It had been his dream, from the time he was a child to leave the constant rains of England, and to live his life as if on vacation, in a sunny place with a beautiful beach. To that end, he packed up his belongings and moved to La Jolla with his new wife, Susan in 1989. This marriage between two young people did not survive long, but produced a son, Stephen Andrew Hibbs, who would be a joy to his father and to his father’s later wife and children. While working in high technology in high level positions at local firms such as Quantum Magnetics, Invision, and ISL, Andrew pursued his dream of owning his own business, beginning at first in his home office in his small house in Pacific Beach. He would fulfill that dream many times over, founding at least 5 high technology companies based on his inventions, beginning with QUASAR, or Quantum Applied Science and Research, in 1998. QUASAR Federal Systems, Advanced Neurometrics, GroundMetrics and Electronic BioSciences followed, all of which remain active and innovative companies to this date. Andrews innovations and inventions are too numerous to list. Earlier in his career, he worked on landmine detection and explosives detection for airline security, and his later innovations include sensing systems for applications ranging from sniper detection, lightning strike location, heart and brain signal collection, DNA sequencing, epilepsy monitoring and oil exploration and production. Andrew was a frequent contributor to scientific journals and conferences, and was an inventor on a large number of high tech patents. His many awards include the R&D 100 Award in 1992 and 1995, and “Person of the Year” by Superconductor Weekly in 1994. He received both the TR 100 Award from MIT Technology Review and the Technology Innovation of the Year Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology in 1997, Technology of the Year Award, Sensors Category, SBIR in 1998, Grand Winner of the SBIR Technology of the Year award in 1999, and a third R&D 100 Award in 2010. His most recent award was Gold at the World’s Best Technology Marketplace competition. Although Andrew worked exceptionally hard running and guiding his businesses, he never forgot what truly mattered. He continued to love the sun and the beach all of his life, visiting it often to body surf and play in the waves with his children, and to run on the beach at sunset. He married his second wife, Mary in 1995, and they settled in the Mount Soledad area of La Jolla to raise their children, Lauren Amalie Hibbs, 16 and a junior at La Jolla High School, Aden Maxwell Hibbs, 14 and a freshman at La Jolla High School, and Tabitha Elizabeth Hibbs, 10, who is in 5th grade at La Jolla Elementary School. He was a technological genius, but his family will always remember his softer side, his silly running jokes, and his love of games, gardening and travel. He had a great capacity for joy and love, and he will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Andrew maintained an exceptional level of fitness throughout his life, making his sudden passing at the relatively young age of 51 an incredible shock to those who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary; children, Stephen, Lauren, Aden and Tabitha; mother, Pauline; father, Dennis; brother, Antony; and sister, Alexandra. His family would like to thank the community of La Jolla for the tremendous outpouring of love, sympathy and care taking which they have received in their time of grief and need.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, January 16, 2015
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Sue Bennett

December 25, 2017

I was so sorry and sad to hear that Andy Hibbs had died. I knew Andy and Susan in Cambridge, when he was a promising PhD student, with a wicked sense of fun. What a lot he packed into his life, and what a great loss to his family and all who knew and loved him.

Richard Kirby

March 8, 2015

I worked with Andy many years ago while I was at Quantum Design and he was at Quantum Magnetics. Very sad to hear of his passing, he was brilliant and a man of great humor. I remember once when the parking lot was re-striped at work and Andy had left his car, someone got them to paint his name and leave a giant parking space with Andy's car in the middle. We took a picture of it from the roof and made great fun of him "taking over the world." In great fashion he loved it and he will be missed by all those who's lives he touched.

Kevin Dodds

February 9, 2015

There is no comfort I can share with Andrew's family at such a sad time, However Andy was a refreshing bright "spark" in my professional dealings with him through BP and GroundMetrics. Even more so the humanity, warmth, humour and particularly energy that was part of the interaction, that I couldn't help but think of him as a good friend even in the short time I met him. There were indications of his brilliance which he did not dwell on except to get the tasks done, so his technical talent was used to engage and inspire people.
I and many colleagues will miss him for these qualities, and although hard to understand his loss, he will live on in our memories. My condolences to his family and children who he often spoke of proudly.
Kevin Dodds Lead Monitoring Technologies CCS BP (retired)

February 6, 2015

I remember working with Andy in the early 2000's on a DARPA project. His genius and ingenuity in the development or sensors was remarkable. We reconnected in 2013 at an SEG meeting in Las Vegas. He will be missed. Lew Bartel

Eileen Hannegan

January 25, 2015

I was very fortunate to be called on as the Organizational Behavior Consultant and Executive Coach by Andy and his staff for the past 12 years. Over my career of the past 25 years Andy Hibbs stands out as a true leader in every way, which is very rare. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to Mary and his family that he so loved.

Nels Olson

January 22, 2015

Andy was a friend, colleague and my favorite reason to come to California for a technical brain storming session. He was truly one of the most creative scientist I knew, and a person that I respected so much for his hard work and wonderful inovations. One of the things that really impressed me was how well Andy could integrate and explain the observations of others. I was his and Geoff's program manager in the funding agencies. When I would visit with my post docs, he always helped us integrate our understanding of his work with his own. I am so terribly sorry that the world and his family has lost him. If there is anything I can do for his wife and children, then need only ask. My very best to all, Nels Olson

January 21, 2015

I worked with Andrew at Quantum Magnetics for a number of years until the company re-located. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My love and prayers are with his family. Sincerely. Elaine Kelly

January 21, 2015

I had not seen Andy since he left Cambridge, but I remember him very clearly from my time in the Boat Club. He coached us often and with great patience! I particularly remember that when we wanted to create our own ladies' boat club blazer, he loaned us his so that we could copy it; considering that we had anticipated resistance from the men for this 'feminist' innovation, it was a very liberal thing to do. I'll say a prayer for him and for his family. How awful to have lost him so soon.
Samantha Fabbro (née Cummins)

Christopher Barry

January 21, 2015

Saddened to hear this news. I remember Andy was my rowing captain at Christ's College - he was someone who earnt great respect from those he led and coached. My deepest sympathies to his family.

January 20, 2015

So sorry to read about the loss of your love one, may the God of comfort give mercy and understanding to the family.....