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Dr. Gerald J. Gruman

            Dr. Gerald J. Gruman, 81, husband of Ipswich native, the late Joan Bousley, died September 13, 2007, of respiratory complications at Belmont Manor Nursing Home in Belmont, MA

            Born in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Gruman was the son of the late Harris Gruman and Jennie Arnopolsky of Lebanon, PA.  He earned a B.A. at Cornell University in 1946, and an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. 

            In 1947, Dr. Gruman met his wife of 59 years, while they were both taking courses at Columbia University in New York City.  Joan Gruman, born in Salem, had lived in Ipswich since 1934, graduating from Ipswich High School with the Class of 1941, and Massachusetts College of Art in 1945.  She had a lifelong career as an art teacher and art administrator in the public schools.  She died in 2006 of a heart attack.

            During the Korean War, Gerald Gruman served in the Public Health Service/ Coast Guard with the rank of Captain and Senior Assistant Surgeon.  He then earned a Ph.D. in History at Harvard University in 1960, and had a career as an educator and scholar, publishing many groundbreaking articles on medical ethics, death and dying, and aging and the elderly.  His book, The History of Ideas on the Prolongation of Life, was first published in 1966, and, due to its continuing relevance and readership, was republished in 2002.

            Dr. Gruman was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

            He is survived by his son, Harris L. Gruman, and daughter-in-law, Giuliana Minghelli, of Somerville; two grandchildren, Anna J. Gruman, and Isaac M. Gruman, both of Somerville; and two nieces, Janet Ruhe-Schoen of Beacon, NY, and Ellin Brockman of Hamden, CT.

            His funeral service was held graveside, September 15, at the Linebrook Cemetary, Ipswich.  He is buried next to his wife, Joan, and beside the plot of her family, the Bousleys.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name have been requested to be made to the International Longevity Center-USA, 60 E. 86th St., New York, NY, 10028


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