University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Remembering Associate Dean Karl Gruben

On November 22, 2016, Professor and Associate Dean Karl Gruben passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65 years old.

Karl Gruben’s library career spanned four decades, beginning at the Texas State Law Library in 1975. He also served honorably in the United States Air Force’s military intelligence,
retiring in 1997. He was a firm librarian before becoming an academic law librarian, serving as director of firm libraries for the Houston firm Vinson & Elkins, LLP until 2001. He then transferred to the Ohio based Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, serving as practice information support director until 2004. He became St. Thomas University Law School’s Law Library director in 2004. In 2010, he joined USD School of Law as the associate dean for information technology services, director of the law library and a professor of law.


“Karl was a wonderful man and loyal colleague who served our law school capably and devotedly even as he suffered the debilitating effects of the illness that took his life far too soon. He was always so positive, ever a problem solver and team player, a steady hand and voice of reason. I learned a great deal listening to Karl. I will miss his friendship and good counsel.” 

—Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo