Gerber, Philip Leslie 1923-2005

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GERBER, Philip Leslie 1923-2005

OBITUARY NOTICE— See index for CA sketch: Born December 4, 1923, in Aberdeen, SD; died January 5, 2005, in Brockport, NY. Educator and author. Gerber was a former professor of English at the State University of New York College at Brockport. An alumnus of the University of Iowa, he earned a B.A. there in 1946, an M.A. in 1948, and a Ph.D. in 1952. His teaching career began at Pan American University in Texas, where he was an instructor from 1952 until 1957. For the next five years he was an associate professor at the University of Utah, and from 1962 until 1965 he was a full professor at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Gerber moved to New York to accept the Brockport position in 1966, remaining there until his retirement. Gerber was the author of several books on English and literature, including Effective English (1959), Willa Cather (1975), and Theodore Dreiser Revisited (1992). His work was honored in 1990 when he was presented with the MidAmerica award from the Society for Study of Midwestern Literature.



Chronicle of Higher Education, February 4, 2005, p. A41.