Monday, February 5, 2007

Al Groves, 54, went to be with the Lord tonight

In Memoriam, Professor J. Alan Groves

J. Alan Groves (b. December 17, 1952) met his Savior face to face on February 5 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Elizabeth W. Davis Groves; by his four children, Alasdair and wife Lauren, Rebeckah, Eowyn, and Alden. Born in 1952, Al received his B.A. in 1975 and B.E. in 1976 from Dartmouth College, and an M.A.R. in 1981 and a Th.M. in 1983 from Westminster Theological Seminary. He also pursued graduate studies at Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Learning and was a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit, working on a doctoral thesis entitled “A Textlinguistic Analysis of Exodus 1-14.” He was a ruling elder at New Life Presbyterian Church (PCA), Glenside, Pennsylvania.

A wonderfully honest and tender blog has been kept these past 13 months. is well worth reading to improve your hope of heaven.

1 comment:

John McCracken said...

I should add to this blog entry that besides taking several classes from Al, I was also one of several students who went to his house on Friday night to watch movies together and then discuss. I learned so much about literary analysis from simply listening to Al's thoughts. I kept up with Al over the years, mostly through email. I did see him 3 times in the last year or two, once in Dallas and twice in Philly. He was a very godly man and always a man of good humor and cheer with a sharp sense of humor. Most Bible software packages on the market today owe their Hebrew text to Al's hard work as director of the Westminster Hebrew Institute, recently renamed the J. Alan Groves Hebrew Institute. The world is poorer without Al in it.