Rev. F. Grogan, 76;
By Globe Staff, 9/16/2001
The Rev. Francis E. Grogan, superior of the Holy Cross residence in North Dartmouth, was killed Tuesday in the crash of United Flight 175 in New York. He was 76.
He was born and raised in Pittsfield, and earned degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Fordham University.
For six years after his ordination, he served as director of admissions and registrar at Stonehill College in Easton. He spent the next four years with the Family Theatre and Family Rosary Crusades in Madrid, where he helped produce Christian movies.
He also taught high school and served at churches in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Texas, and Massachusetts - as chaplain and teacher at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn.; assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Bennington, Vt.; assistant pastor of San Jose Parish in Austin, Texas, and assistant pastor of Holy Cross Church in Easton.
In the 1960 Stonehill College yearbook, which was dedicated to him, he was remembered for his smile, his friendliness, and his patience, and he was called a model and a guide.
Father Grogan was traveling to see his sister, Anne Browne, in Ramona, Calif., when he died.
Along with his sister, he leaves two nephews, and his brothers in the Holy Cross community.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Holy Cross Church in Easton.