Alfred S. Groh ’41,
Associate Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre Arts
It is with sadness that Wilkes University announces the passing of Alfred S. Groh ’41, associate professor emeritus of English and theatre arts.
Mr. Groh died on Monday, Feb. 4. His long affiliation with Wilkes began in 1939, when he entered Bucknell University Junior College as a student. He studied English, speech, drama, economics, sociology and music before enrolling in Syracuse University, where he majored in English, journalism, radio and theater.
Mr. Groh served as an engineer gunner in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and worked at his father’s Studebaker dealership before joining the Wilkes faculty in 1947. He retired in 1987.
In 1952, he organized the first annual United Nationalities Pageant to celebrate Wilkes-Barre’s unique blend of ethnicities. The event continues today as the Fine Arts Fiesta, held each May on Public Square. Groh also spearheaded efforts to build Wilkes’ Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, which was completed in 1965.
Mr. Groh is survived by his wife, Jane Lampe Groh, dean emerita of student affairs.
A funeral service for Mr. Groh will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. Alumni and friends are invited to attend.