Robert F. Groff, Jr., of Lancaster, a longtime supporter of Lancaster Theological Seminary, was honored as a Trustee Emeritus at the January 2014 meeting of the Seminary's Board of Trustees.
Mr. Groff was a Trustee from 1975 to 1982, occasionally took courses here, and continues to participate in Seminary events and programs. His late wife, Ellen Arnold Groff, was instrumental in commissioning the sculptures in Santee Chapel.
Mr. Groff was influential in the formation of the Parish Resource Center, first housed at Lancaster Theological Seminary in the 1970s. He has participated in and now coordinates a monthly discussion group on campus, New Conversations, in the style of a dialogue.
Now retired from his family’s successful funeral business after a 44-year career, Mr. Groff attended St. Paul’s Evangelical & Reformed Church in Lancaster (now Church of the Apostles) as a youth, and joined St. James Episcopal Church in the late 1950s when he returned home from Amherst College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History.
Mr. Groff’s connection to the Lancaster Seminary includes a familial association to the Lark family, for whom the Lark Academic Building is named. The Larks were first cousins of Mr. Groff’s grandmother.