Nathan I. Gruz, 85, director of pharmaceutical group

October 13, 2004

Nathan I. Gruz, a retired pharmacist and a former director of the state's pharmaceutical association, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Mount Washington resident was 85.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he and his parents fled persecution of Jews. They walked in the snow across the Polish border and moved to Baltimore in the early 1920s, family members said.

Raised on St. Ambrose Avenue, he attended the old Robert E. Lee School and was a 1936 graduate of City College. He earned a degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and in the 1980s earned a master's degree in science from what is now Towson University.

FOR THE RECORD - Nathan I. Gruz:
An obituary in Wednesday's editions for Nathan I. Gruz listed among the survivors only two of his three grandchildren.
The Sun regrets the error.

He was an Army medical supply officer in the Philippines during World War II, then became a supply officer with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Shanghai, China. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves.

In the early 1950s, he owned and operated Brunswick Pharmacy on Wilkens Avenue, and later became executive director of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association. He retired in 1977. He also sat on a state commission to revise laws governing pharmacies, drugs and narcotics.

He then became the pharmacist for Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

Mr. Gruz was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, where he was a former president of the Young People's League and the seniors' Club Hatikvah.

Services were held yesterday in Pikesville.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Ursula Stein; a son, Kenneth Gruz of Baltimore; two daughters, Jacqueline Greene of Baltimore and Adrienne Gruz of Annapolis; and two grandsons.

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