Ira Dempsey Gruber, PhD

Ira Gruber

Title: Historian, Educator

Location: Bellaire, Texas, United States

Ira Dempsey Gruber, Historian and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

After developing a passion for history at an early age, Dr. Gruber pursued the field academically, earning his degrees from Duke University. He first earned an AB in 1955, an AM in 1959, and continued to receive a PhD in 1961 from the institution. He was inspired to become an educator in history due to his family history. While his parents both were college-educated, Dr. Gruber was intrigued by the long line of manufacturers in his family, especially those who served in the World Wars, to pursue the field of study. His main area of study is war and politics during the Age of Enlightenment. Dr. Gruber began working at his alma mater, Duke University, as an instructor of history in 1961.

Following this position, Dr. Gruber accepted a fellowship position with the Institute of Early American History and Culture in 1962 and remained in this venture until 1965. In the year following that, he garnered experience as an assistant professor at Occidental College. In 1966, he joined the faculty at Rice University, starting as an assistant professor, and then associate professor. He was the master of Hanszen College at Rice University from 1968 to 1973. In 1974, he was honored with a full professor position at the institution. He later served as the Chairman of the Department of History at Rice University from 1983 to 1987. In his academic retirement, he was presented with the Harris Masterson Emeritus History Professor title.

In addition to these career endeavors, Dr. Gruber served as the John F. Morrison Professor for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College from 1979 to 1980. He leveraged his expertise as a visiting professor of military history for the U.S. Military Academy between 1984 to 1985 and 1992 to 1993. He continued sharing his passion for history as a member of the history advisor committee for the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1991. Furthermore, he served with the Department of the Army from 1992 to 1995, as a trustee with the Society for Military History from 1987 to 1995, as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Military History from 1995 to 1999, and as chair of the editorial board from 1999 to 2009.

With many achievements and accomplishments throughout his career, Dr. Gruber is most proud of the having awards he received from Rice University, as well as the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize given by the Society for Military History in 2013. He received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching from Rice University in 1974 and in 2001. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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