Todd Grubb, PhD.
June 15, 1932-March 22, 2023
On March 22, Todd Grubb slipped away to his favorite place in Lala Land. He was 90. Born in New York City on June 15, 1932, he was predeceased by his parents (Theodora and Frederick Grubb), his son, Richard (in 1976 at age 23) and first wife (in 1989) after 37 years, Maryanne deMallevillle. He is survived by his wife of 33+ years, Arlene Newman, his daughter Jacqueline O’Brien, sister Caroline Townsend; and his stepchildren: Michelle Parlo, David Newman, Andrew Newman; and grandchildren: Joe Parlo, Ben Parlo, Eli Newman, Gabe Newman, Sarah Newman, Josh Newman, Alexis Newman, Grant Newman, and Max Newman.
Growing up he moved a lot: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Detroit, California, and Hawaii because of his father’s job. He was allowed to independently explore his world and discover on his own. As an adult, he lived 5 ½ years in Germany and traveled most of the world. He finally settled down and lived in Tampa the last 33+ years with Arlene.
His education included 10 Grammar schools, 3 Junior High, and 3 High schools (graduated from Santa Barbara High in 1950), and 5 universities including the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) for a BA (1957) and graduate work in economics, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University for a MPA (master’s in public administration in 1971), and the University of Louisville for a Multidisciplinary PhD in business, management, and systems science in 1988.
His service and work included active duty in the U.S. Navy (1951-54 with service aboard the USS Gunston Hall, LSD-5, in the Korean war) and reserve duty to 1959; and Civilian Personnel Manager and Director for the U.S. Army at many locations in the United States and Germany (1960-79); He retired from the federal government as Director of Personnel Management Policy for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1982. He was self-employed from 1982-90 as Todd Grubb & Associates, doing management consulting and conducting training and workshops for governmental and private organizations throughout the United States. In 1988 he went to work for the University of Sarasota as an Assistant Professor. In 1990, he married Arlene Newman and moved to Tampa and Troy University (an Alabama state university) to teach graduate courses in management, business, and public administration. He taught for Troy in Tampa and many locations throughout the US full time until he retired in 2007 as Full Professor Emeritus. He continued to teach Distance Learning for Troy for several years after retirement. Todd was 1991 President of the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD – now ATD, Association for Talent Development), Past President of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA), and active in many other professional organizations (e.g., SPHR, IPMA, ASPA). Since retirement, Todd and Arlene have traveled extensively throughout the US and the world and enjoyed many family activities. Todd participated in many OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of USF) courses and served on a Subcommittee.