Paul’s paternal and maternal Yankee ancestors date back at least to the
1640s in New England. One of them was kidnapped by Indians in 1723 and held for ransom for over
a year in Québec, so his family had an early – if not entirely happy – “connection” to Canada!
His great-grandfather, Wilhelm Huber, came to the USA from Alzey, southwest of Frankfurt/Main,
in 1853; Wilhelm’s grandfather, Jakob, who also lived in Alzey, was both a Palatine and a Calvinist.
Paul earned B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at Yale University.
He studied a year at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt/Main in 1961-1962 and later
spent six semesters on sabbatical leave in Germany. Among his fields of teaching and research
as an economics professor at Dalhousie University from 1965 to his retirement in 1998 was European
economic history. He worked for short periods on development projects in Liberia and the Gambia,
and he directed a human resource development project in Nepal between 1989 and 1996. He has
authored a number of professional articles and three books and contributed to the Nova Scotian
Messenger a column on investing and occasional articles. He serves as Treasurer of Friends
of Point Pleasant Park, Vice-President of the Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners
and Trustee of the Dalhousie Retirees’ [Pension] Fund.
Eva grew up in Franconia, an area that today comprises the northern part
of Bavaria. Some of the original Lunenburg settlers came from Protestant principalities in this
part of Germany. She acquired a diploma as an English-language translator in Munich and then
studied French at the Sorbonne. In 1965, she came to Nova Scotia with her then Swiss husband
and two small children for what was to be a temporary 12-month visit. Subsequently, she earned
two MA degrees (in French and in German) at Dalhousie University. She has taught German and
French in various high schools and at Dalhousie and Mount St. Vincent universities. She was
a founding member of Community Involvement in Education and became its President in the
late 1970s. Between 1980 and 1988, she three times was elected to the Halifax District School
In the early 1990s, she served on the Executive of the German-Canadian
Association of Nova Scotia, including two terms as President. She developed an interest
in Halifax’s “Little Dutch Church” during this period and she played a key role in securing
a major gift for its renovation from German Chancellor Helmut Kohl when he visited Halifax in
1995 for the G-7 Conference. She was acting President of the Little Dutch Church Restoration
Society for several years. The experience editing the Association’s quarterly newsletter
led her to launch the bilingual magazine Nova Scotian Messenger/Neutschottländer Bote
in 1996, initially as a quarterly, later as an annual. Publication ceased in 2003.