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Groff, Patrick John SAN DIEGO -- Patrick John Groff, PhD, of San Diego, California, passed away on April 2, 2014 at the age of 90. Patrick is preceded in death by his wife, Edna, a fellow professor at SDSU. He is survived by Christopher, his son; Marcela, daughter- in-law; Carolina, granddaughter; and Luis Patrick, grandson. Born in Crescent City, CA on Jan. 30, 1924. He served in World War II as a Navy signalman. After returning from the war, he enrolled at the Univ. of Oregon where he graduated with a BA and MA. In 1950, he was admitted into the PhD program at UC, Berkeley in Public Education where he graduated in 1955. After graduating from Berkeley, he took a position at SDSU in the Department of Education. Patrick was on the SDSU faculty for over 30 years. He published over 300 publications and nine books in the fields of Education and literacy. In 1995, the National Right to Read Foundation named their National Teacher of the Year award after him. Funeral and interment will be on April 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 12, 2014
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