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GRUBER PAUL JOSEPH GRUBER December 7, 1928 - October 30, 2015 Paul Gruber passed peacefully in his sleep, on October 30, 2015, at the Charlestown Community in Catonsville, MD. Paul and his wife, Shirley, recently moved into Charlestown after over 40 years in Arlington, VA. Paul was born to Joseph Frank Gruber and Mary Magdalena Bauch in Hudson Valley, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in the class of 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. During his 23 years in the US Air Force, he was a navigator on B-29's in the Korean action, on KC-97 tankers, and on Thailand-based EC-121R sensor relay aircraft over Vietnam. When not flying, Paul's Air Force work was as a computer systems analyst. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Computer Science from Texas A&M. For the Air Force, Paul worked in the SAC command center in Nebraska, the PACAF command center in Hawaii, and the AF command center in the Pentagon. In 1973, he retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. Paul worked for another 20 years, after his Air Force career, as a computer systems analyst for the Planning Research Corporation, then the Systems Development Corporation, and finally for the Mitre Corporation. While working, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Outside of work and after his final retirement, he taught computer classes at the University of Hawaii, was active with the Cornell University Alumni Secondary Schools Committee, the Washington-Lee High School Boosters Club, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Board of Directors from Arlington County, Northern Virginia politics, the Friends of Arlington Parks, Meals On Wheels and was a member of the 10 Gallon Club for Red Cross blood donations. Paul was proud of his four children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Shirley; his brother John Gruber and wife Janice of Vero Beach, FL; cousin Ruth G. Paiva of Pensacola, FL; children Alan (wife Dana) Gruber of Catonsville, MD; Mary Jean Gruber of Cincinnati, OH; Daniel (wife Bonnie) Gruber of Elberon, VA; and Barbara (husband Eugene) Langschwager of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren Samuel and Elizabeth Gruber, Shawn (wife Jessica) Henry, Trent and Tyler (wife Madeline) DeTroy, Joseph and Charles Langschwager; and great-grandchildren Hunter, Mason and Emersyn DeTroy. A memorial service is scheduled November 23, 2015 at Charlestown in Catonsville, MD. Paul's ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring of 2016. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017,, or the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839,

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Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2015.
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November 28, 2015
Dan and Bonnie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Gruber led a very interesting and fruitful life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty
Betty Collins
November 28, 2015
Never have I known a man more engaging in his discussions, and heartfelt and passionate about his family. I find it hard to recall a moment when he wasn't smiling and pleasant; I think he could have made friends with Attila. I still remember seeing his excitement when I asked for his daughter's hand. I couldn't have picked a better father-in-law.
Eugene Langschwager
November 28, 2015
Keep exercising, Dad.
Al Gruber
November 24, 2015
I am celebrating the loves and life of my father, Paul, and the ongoing journeys of our Gruber family-With love-Mary Jean
Mary Gruber
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