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Vital Signs » Winter 2021
BSOM Students at graduation.

Jack Gruber, M.D., former vice chair and professor with the department of obstetrics and gynecology with the Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM), passed away in January 2021 as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Gruber joined the faculty of BSOM in 1976 as a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He was serving as vice chair of the department when he retired as professor emeritus in 2006. 

Along with his position as a member of the faculty at BSOM, Gruber was also chair of the institutional review board, division director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, director of teaching associates and clerkship director. He also served as chair of the internal review board for Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. 

Gruber was born in Marion, Ohio, and earned his undergraduate degree from Otterbein College in Ohio. He attended medical school at The Ohio State University and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at BSOM in Dayton. His fellowship training in gynecological endocrinology and infertility was completed at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Following his retirement, Gruber settled on a 35-acre farm in North Carolina, near the Smoky Mountains. He saw it as returning to his roots of self-sufficiency and living off the land.  

The Gruber family encourages friends and family to honor Dr. Gurber’s memory by donating to the Jack Gruber Endowed Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This scholarship is available to any fourth-year BSOM medical students who have expressed an interest in obstetrics and gynecology. For more information on this scholarship, or to contribute please visit

—Lisa Coffey

Last edited on 04/27/2021.