About Grove Smith
C. Grove Smith ’46
Published in Apr. 24, 2002, issue
Grove died Nov. 3, 2001, of emphysema at home in Sarasota, Fla. A native of Washington, DC, he graduated from St. Alban's and entered Princeton in 1942 to major in economics. WWII service was with the 14th Armored Division in combat in Europe. Returning in 1946, he graduated in 1948 and married Marie Theetten in Paris, France, in 1949.
Advertising became Grove's career, as a vice president with Young & Rubicam, then with J. Walter Thompson. He divorced and married Scottie Fitzgerald. After a stint in the Commerce Dept., 1966-72, he worked full-time with Democratic presidential campaigns. After his second divorce, in 1981 he moved to St. Thomas, V.I., working as a travel magazine agent until he retired in Florida.
Always fun-loving, his roommates, including Bucky Block and Jim Quiggle, remember Grove's escorting the screen star Virginia Mayo to the Bicentennial Ball as honored queen. Loyal to his friends and his class, Grove will be greatly missed.
Surviving are a daughter, Jacqueline, a son, Martin, and his brother, Emmons S. '51. The class extends its sympathy to them.