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GROVER--Robinson Allen,

79, of West Hartford, CT and East Hampton, NY. Husband of Nancy Dow Grover, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2015 surrounded by his family, comforted by classical music and the reminiscences of friends and family that he so cherished. During a long battle with cancer, Rob calmly showed us all how to go forward with honesty, dignity and grace. A philosopher, scholar and patron of the arts, he lived the life of the mind. Born on February 15, 1936 in New York, NY, Rob spent his early years attending Buckley School and enjoying time at his family's "Clover Farm" in Kent, CT. His parents, Allen and Beatrice Beard Grover had a significant impact on his appreciation for the arts, literature and scholarly thought. Rob attended Deerfield Academy '54 and Yale University'58, B.A. in Philosophy. He continued his studies at Universitat Munchen, Munich Germany, '58-'59, and received a M.A. and PhD. in Philosophy, '68 from Brown University. He also attended Yale Law School receiving a Master of Studies in Law, '76. In 1964 he began teaching philosophy at the University of Connecticut, retiring in 1999. He served as Director of the UConn Torrington Regional Campus from 1980-1986. A specialist on the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, Rob conducted extensive research and published on Hobbes' political and legal philosophy. He served on the University of Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, serving as President '97-'98. Rob was a Trustee on the Boards of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Real Art Ways and he was a member of the Dean's Council at the School of Art, Yale University. Rob also served on the Board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Over the years, Rob and Nancy relished intellectual and aesthetic exploration sharing their passion for the arts in the company of artists, dealers, curators and musicians. In addition to his wife of 35 years, Nancy Dow Grover, Rob is survived by his two daughters and their spouses: Robert and Anne Percy Sargent (West Hartford, CT) and John Peters and Dana Percy Plunkett (Sudbury, MA). He leaves behind three grandchildren: John Enders Sargent (Jack), Emmalene Robinson Plunkett and Rebecca Farrington Sargent and his sister, Loraine Grover (Tucson, AZ). A celebration of Rob's life will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5pm at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Rob may be made to Saint Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105 or online at waysToGive.aspx. Visit: to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.

Published in New York Times on Apr. 1, 2015.
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March 31, 2015
Dear Grover Family, I knew Rob through the HSO - I have such fond memories of him and his work for the Symphony. My condolences for your lost. Best, Katie Russo
Katie Bonner Russo
May 4, 2015
Rob gave me lessons in how to be an administrator and, more importantly, how to regard the approach of death with equanimity. He was a teacher to the end.
Don Baxter
April 6, 2015
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Rob had a very big presence! Years ago, when he first came into my office, he would come in, extend his hand for a handshake with a smile and say, "Hello, Rob Grover here." Later he would pop in to say hello and ask about my daughter. I'm sure he will be missed by many. RIP
Shelly Burelle
April 2, 2015
Farewell to our beloved neighbor Rob Grover. To be sure Rob marched to a differebt drummer but the beat was perfect. Ideas were his world and he loved to share them even with those of us who might not totally understand. It was always great fun. When nancy and Rob moved into our humble abode they brought with them elegance and grace.To watch them deprt for a night on the town was a sight to behold. Underneath all the trappings was a kind very funny and irreverant man who had the good fortune to marry the perfect mate. I wii always remember them, devoted to one another walking down Peospect Avenue arm in arm smiling as if all was right with the world. RIP
Bland Maloney
April 1, 2015
He is missed. Please accept my sympathies.

Ken Speyer
April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015
Our heartfelt sympathies in this, your time of grief.
Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home
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