Gene Grubitz

Gene Grubitz III

Thursday, September 7th, 1939 - Monday, March 18th, 2019
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Dr. Gene Grubitz III, retired associate professor of biology at Roanoke College, world traveler, expert fly fisherman, avid bird watcher, talented photographer, wonderful cook, and one having a skilled and perceptive wit, died on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree at the University of Oklahoma, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. In the 1960s, he published widely on the behavior of tree lizards and ground squirrels. He was recognized for his research in bioacoustics, involving undergraduate students in his work on mockingbird song. Gene loved creatures great and small. He loved life.

Gene was preceded in death by his father, Gene J. Grubitz; and mother, Billie Robinson.

His surviving family includes his wife of 32 years, Jean Grubitz; stepson, Nathan Kimmel; grandchildren, Cameron, Clarissa, Charlotte, and Cooper; loving stepmother, Jo Grubitz; brothers, Gary Grubitz and wife, Kelsey, and Scott Grubitz and wife, Robin; brothers-in-law, Russ Spangler and wife, Sarah, and Allen Spangler and wife, Tina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Deepfelt appreciation is extended to the health care team at the Salem Fresenius Dialysis Center and especially to Robin, Loretta, Gina, and Michelle. The entire family and especially his wife, Gene, gained three extra years with this special man. Thanks, also, to Dr. Fletcher Matthews, Dr. Mark Taylor, and many others for their kindness and help.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the Antrim Chapel of the Roanoke College Campus with Rev. Paul Henrickson officiating. Family members and friends may visit immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be sent to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, the World Wildlife Fund, or the Nature Conservancy. Online condolences may be expressed at
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    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 5:00pm
    Roanoke College Antrim Chapel
    221 College Lane
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Dr. Paul Henrickson


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Susan Ford

Posted at 11:31pm
I just saw that Dr. Grubitz passed away last year. I just wanted to share how formative he was in my own training and education, when an undergraduate 1970-1974. I took many classes with Dr. Grubitz, worked as an assistant in his labs, and went on a January-term crazy trip with him and 7 students to study ecology of the Sonoran Desert, when we also spent a memorable night at his parents home, enjoying their great hospitality to an unruly and unkempt group of 70’s undergraduates. Several of us from that trip went on to careers in science and gained PhDs or MDs! My own career included work in behavior and ecology, and his influence and teachings loomed large in my own teaching and work. His obituary suggests that after the early 70’s, he had a rich and full life and loving family - I wanted to let you know he is remembered by those whose lives he touched in teaching, long ago.
Susan Ford, Class of 1974

Joseph Smith

Posted at 10:57am
What wonderful times we have had fishing with Gene along with Van Hoback, Peter Via, and Frank Web. With deepest Sympathy.
Wysor & Joe Smith

Thomas Widgeon

Posted at 09:56am
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