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Peter Grubmeyer ’64

Peter Grubmeyer ’64, an educator who treasured his family and enjoyed traveling, died Oct. 4, 2016, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

He attended Swarthmore his freshman year and went on to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in physics and mathematics. In a break year between Swarthmore and Coe, Pete interned at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, where he had a wonderful time continuing his love for experimental science by testing explosives. Peter was an avid traveler and photographer. He always documented his trips, time with family, and special events. Pete lived in Fairfax, Va., for more than 40 years and was an active face in the community. He taught math for more than 30 years in the Fairfax County Public School system, retiring in 2006. He continued teaching part time after his retirement. Throughout his life, Pete maintained a close relationship with his family. He was married to wife Joy for nearly 40 years. The cornerstone of Pete’s life was serving as a man of faith. He was a cherished member of his church, Fairfax United Methodist, and devoted much of his time to volunteering at the Lamb Center in Fairfax, Va., where he was a Bible study leader.


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