The late Jerry B. Grubaugh was a corporate attorney with degrees from The Ohio State University and Harvard University and membership in the Illinois and American Bar Associations. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he practiced law in both languages in the Chicago area for 20 years before moving to the Dominican Republic in 1986.
In his Caribbean home, he joined the law firm of Oficina Marranzini and owned and operated a small hotel in the colonial part of Santo Domingo, where he also wrote for the Santo Domingo News and was a frequent lecturer on U.S. corporate and securities laws. Having developed a broad practice in U.S. legislation, international financing, contract negotiation, banking, securities, commodities, and foreign investments, Jerry represented the United States at the World Bank Conference when it was held in Santo Domingo.
Created in 2006, the Jerry Grubaugh Memorial Fund honors its namesake by supporting health care programs in the Dominican Republic. The fund supports and funds programs, projects, and organizations located in the Dominican Republic whose principal purpose is the treatment and care of persons suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in that Caribbean country.