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Keaton’s Mortuary

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OBITUARY

Dr. Gary Richard Gruber, PhD

November 19, 1940August 27, 2019
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Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1940 to Edward Carlton Gruber and Martha Groff. Dr. Gary Richard Gruber, PhD, was an American theoretical physicist, educator, and author who has written many books and software programs for standardized test preparation. His work focused on test-taking and critical thinking skills with sales of more than 7 million books. His writings include the Gruber's Complete Guide series as well as books and columns of brain teaser puzzles and other articles. He also worked with schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational organizations in the development of testing and critical thinking skills and educational motivation programs.

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and obtained a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and a master's degree in physics from Columbia University. He obtained a PhD in physics from Yeshiva University in 1969; his thesis was on The Heating of the Solar Chromosphere. He lived in Mill Valley, California.

Dr. Gary Richard Gruber, PhD, joined his Creator on August 27, 2019, at the age of 78.

He is survived by his beloved wife Raquel, nee Cantor Andaya, his children Ian and Rachel, daughter-in-law Lori, grandson Ethan, nephews Angelo and Joseph, niece Janna, brother-in-law Adrian, sisters-in-law Michi and Hazel, and mother-in-law, Estela.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 6, 2019

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Angelo Salinda

September 7, 2019

You are like a chameleon, changing with me through time, to ensure you never lose touch with me. I look back at how profound your influence was on me. I was inspired to earn not one, but three degrees at University. I am deeply saddened by your passing. I am grateful for our moments together, Uncle Gary.

Janna Andaya

September 7, 2019

Uncle Gary, my dear “Gaga”, now you are taking walks with God, our safari walks pale in comparison. Even now, in our teens, my big brother & I continue to bicker over who is Uncle’s favorite. In life, you were our lifeline when we were feeling blue. Now, you have earned your wings, we know you continue to send us your love from beyond. Love you always.

Joseph Daniel Cantor Andaya-Phaneuf

September 7, 2019

My name is Joseph, and I am Uncle Gary’s best friend. The very first memory I have of Uncle Gary was seeing his eyes. My Mom snapped a picture of it. I was a few months old. Uncle Gary was holding me in his arms & I had my hands neatly crossed, smiling back at Uncle Gary. I remember him singing the “This Little Piggy” song. Uncle and Auntie took me to so many train museums & any outdoor train locomotive ride. Uncle even knows where Curious George lives. He took me there too. I am not related to Uncle Gary by blood, but we have a bond that is TRUE, and not fabricated. I really feel sorry that Uncle Gary’s grandson missed out and was never given a chance to experience Uncle Gary’s humor, warmth and love. I miss you terribly, Uncle Gary. I love you.

Lori Gruber

September 7, 2019

Grandpa Gary, you will be deeply missed and your memories forever cherished. We will always miss you. Ethan is so lucky he was able to spend time with you running around and being silly with you. Your presence brought such joy and laughter to everyone around you. Your Grandson Ethan will carry your family name on. We love you.

Elizabeth HEITNER

September 2, 2019

Gary was such a energetic and enthusiastic person. I'll always remember his entertaining stories when we would get together with Raquel and my husband Emil.

Patrick Spada

September 2, 2019

I heard a song say "only the good die young". Gary, you gave this world 78 years of your warm smile and kind heart and you inspired millions of people to find their way to success and happiness. All of us will always remember you as the Gentleman with unparalleled passion and enthusiasm to help everyone in this world to understand the way to learn. You will always be remembered as the humble Genius with the youngest smile and the kindest heart who inspired millions of young students to enjoy learning. You gave this universe 78 years of your time yet you always remained 18 years young with your energy, passion, smile, and your young wonderful heart.

Rachel Gruber

September 1, 2019

You taught me a lot, you helped me through a lot. Whenever I had a question or just wanted to talk about life, I could talk to you. You gave me the opportunity to learn, understand and change. I'm grateful for you being in my life. Thank you dad.

Ann Holcomb

September 1, 2019

Gary, who can forget the way you made us laugh incessantly on our first trip to California. You and Raquel were such gracious hosts. Rose and I were totally enchanted from the get-go. You know, for a genius, you had a way of disarming any inhibition of a less brilliant mind and when you would tell the stories, your face ignited and immediately we were drawn in. We hope to instill in our grandson, Liam, that thirst for knowledge, that desire to fire up the world to become more curious, that longing to be unabashedly who you are, that you had. I am only sorry that the thousand and one stories you shared with us and intended to one day to put down on paper were never published. They live on in us and we will share them with Liam and anyone who will listen. The delivery will be different but the message will be the same: that it’s ok to be a dreamer as long as you tell a good tale along the way and remember to laugh at yourself once in a while.
Thank you, Gary!
Raquel, thank you for your friendship and for sharing your Gary with Rose and me. We are here for you.

Rosanna Forlano

September 1, 2019

Gary, my friend and mentor, how your parting has flooded my mind with memories, and brought the cruel reality that those lengthy phone calls, that would run the gamma of topics, have now fallen silent and the silence is deafening. Your trust, your confidence in me as an educator and as a collaborator, is something that cannot go unmentioned: you instilled in me a confidence that has left its lasting mark, forever etched in my teaching. The days Ann and I spent with you and Raquel are unforgettable; we became family then and later your visit to New York, visiting St. Peter’s to launch the SAT program and in that same visit, retracing the places of your childhood, solidified our friendship and allowed us to share your journey down memory lane. You were an original my friend!
I picture you somewhere out there listening to the music of the angels, but when you get bored, as from time to time your genius mind would, I hope you will lean in and share my headphones as I listen to Roberto Cacciapaglia’s Tree of Life.
Grazie, amico mio, grazie!

Sister Mary Florence Bautista

September 1, 2019

Sincere prayerful condolences to Rachel Andy & families for Great Gary Gruber's sudden demise. May his soul rest in peace. For all the good and wealth of knowledge he contributed to a wide wide scope of people, I’d like to say Thank you and Congratulations. I thank God for having met him & had a meaningful sharing with him, however short it was.

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Biography

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1940 to Edward Carlton Gruber and Martha Groff. Dr. Gary Richard Gruber, PhD, was an American theoretical physicist, educator, and author who has written many books and software programs for standardized test preparation. His work focused on test-taking and critical thinking skills with sales of more than 7 million books. His writings include the Gruber's Complete Guide series as well as books and columns of brain teaser puzzles and other articles. He also worked with schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational organizations in the development of testing and critical thinking skills and educational motivation programs.

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and obtained a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and a master's degree in physics from Columbia University. He obtained a PhD in physics from Yeshiva University in 1969; his thesis was on The Heating of the Solar Chromosphere.
He lived in Mill Valley, California.

Dr. Gary Richard Gruber, PhD, joined his Creator on August 27, 2019, at the age of 78.

He is survived by his beloved wife Raquel, nee Cantor Andaya, his children Ian and Rachel, daughter-in-law Lori, grandson Ethan, nephews Angelo and Joseph, niece Janna, brother-in-law Adrian, sisters-in-law Michi and Hazel, and mother-in-law, Estela.