John A. Gruver, 79

The Baltimore Sun

John A. Gruver, a retired Westinghouse executive and company lobbyist, died Monday during surgery at Maryland Shock Trauma Center for injuries suffered in a fall. He was 79.

Mr. Gruver, an Ellicott City resident, worked for Westinghouse for 38 years in various capacities and continued as a consultant when the company was acquired by Siemens.

He oversaw the Deepstar submarine program that Westinghouse developed under contract with the Navy, said his son, John G. Gruver of Ellicott City.

"He was part of a group of 10 people who set the standards on how submarines should be designed and built," his son said.

Mr. Gruver served in the Air Force Reserve in Iceland in the Korean War era, holding the rank of second lieutenant, his son said.

He was an avid golfer and loved to travel -- especially to Europe, his son said.

His wife of 37 years, Nancy Gruver, died in 1990. At the time of her death, she was one of the nation's leading contract bridge players, according to an obituary in The New York Times.

Services were conducted yesterday at St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.

In addition to his son, survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Gruver of Woodbine in Carroll County; and one grandchild.

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