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Michael Groves ’80

May 22, 2023, after a long illness.

Michael was the first child and son born to Clifford and Eldora Groves in Gillette, Wyoming, on November 28, 1948. He was the oldest of five children. The family moved to Oregon around 1956, where Michael attended West Linn public schools, graduating from West Linn High School in 1967. At Reed he wrote his thesis “The Complete Transference: An Alternative to the Equivalent Translation,” with Prof. William Peck [philosophy 1961–2002] and Prof. Kenneth Hanson [English 1954–86] advising. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in literature and philosophy. Michael went on to teach English at West Linn and Wilsonville high schools. 

Michael’s hobbies included fly-fishing, photography, learning French, traveling to as many countries as possible, playing squash, making sourdough, and baking. Alongside teaching English, he was involved with the drama department at Wilsonville High School, putting on numerous plays throughout his tenure.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his siblings Karen VanDomelen, Rebbecca “Becky” Groves, Jill Groves, and Mark Groves, along with nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: Fall 2023

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