Dr. Garber was born in Rock Island, Illinois. The founder, President and CEO of Structure Probe, Inc., he earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1963, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Area of Interest, Polymer Solid State Physics and Materials Science) from Case in 1967. Dr. Garber was world renowned for his work in electron microscopy and polymer physics.

He died at the age 66 after battling a brief illness due to pancreatitis. He is laid to rest in Rock Island, Illinois. He will always be remembered by his accomplishments, and the people he touched with his smile, humor, and charming ways.