GROVER BATTS (Age 89)
Grover Batts, 89, of Washington, DC, formerly a North Carolina native, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, just four weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
He was born August 21, 1924, to the late Grover Batts and Minnie Cobb.
He moved to Washington, DC after returning from serving in the U.S. Army in WWII
, where he earned three Bronze Stars
and completing his degree at Wake Forest University.
Grover spent 30 years perfecting his passion for literary and cultural collections at the Library of Congress as a Manuscript Historian cataloging the papers of such luminaries as Henry Kissinger, Alexander Graham Bell, Joseph Pulitzer, the Wright Brothers and even Mae West. He also coordinated curating exhibits as the division Exhibits Officer for more than 15 years for which he received nationwide recognition. He retired on April 30, 1982, after 30 years of dedicated service.
Grover amassed a significant American post-1990 print collection, which along with the largest medallion collection in the United States, was generously donated to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.
Grover was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and gentle nature with only positive words for others. He leaves many friends in the Capitol Hill neighborhood where he has lived since 1959.
As expression of sympathy, donation can be made via mail to Capitol Hill Village, PO Bo 15126, Washington, DC 20003 or online via PayPal at
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 23170 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
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