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Dr. Paul Gruber began his career in science and mathematics, but he later became known as an artist. Gruber was very active in the field of education for over 40 years. He was an advocate of ecological studies, and he completed a science textbook entitled Key Concepts of Science. He also published many pamphlets on the geology, minerology, and paleontology of Bucks County. One of Gruber's favorite pastimes was conducting field trips with elementary students based on his guidebook on the geological features, past and present, of Bucks County.
Gruber integrated his love of science with his artistic talent and imagination. This resulted in scientific demonstrations that captured the attention of many elementary and middle school students. Gruber was an accomplished amateur painter, whose oil paintings hang in many schools, public buildings, public libraries, and in homes across Bucks County. The subject matter of Gruber's work is primarily Bucks County scenes, still lifes, and seascapes. In addition, Gruber created ceramic tiles utilizing Pennsylvania Dutch motifs.
Education and Training
Walter Baum Art School, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Keystone Normal School
B.S. from Muhlenberg College
M.A. in Education from University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Education from University of Pennsylvania
Connection to Bucks County
Gruber lived in Bucks County from 1922 until he died in Quakertown in 1970. He was well known locally as an expert in the geology, minerology and palentology of Bucks County. One of Gruber's favorite past times was conducting field trips with elementary students and teaching them about the geological features, past and present, of Bucks County.
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Science and Math teacher, Williamstown High School, Dauphin County
Teacher at Pennridge High School (formerly Sell-Perk High School), 1922-1930
First Principal at Pennridge High School (formerly Sell-Perk High School), 1930-1942
Assistant Superintendent of Bucks County Schools, 1942-1965
Affiliations and Memberships
Academy of Science American Ecological Society Sons of the American Revolution
Art Gallery, Bucks County School Service Center, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1954
Traveling Art Gallery of the Bucks County Public Schools, Bucks County Court House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1969
New Hope Solebury School District, New Hope, PA
Bucks County Intermediate Unit Collection, Doylestown, PA
Key Concepts in Science, 1965
A Guide to the Geology, Mineralogy and Palentology of Bucks County, n.d.