BY WARREN HORTON
Adjunct Professor Ted Grofer died on Monday, May 30.
Grofer was admitted to Desert Regional Medical Center on Monday after suffering an injury to his head on Sunday, May 29. His condition deteriorated and subsequently died Monday evening, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s office. He was 81 years old.
Grofer had just retired and received emeritus status on May 6, 2016, at the Pollock Theater with COD faculty and administration attending.
Grofer had been on the COD staff for 17 years and taught newspaper production and public speaking. He finished his under-graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati in 1957, majoring in English & theater arts. He continued his studies and received his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Iowa in 1959. Prior to coming to COD in 1998, he was the publisher at the Desert Sun Newspaper, in Palm Springs, from 1974, to 1980.
Grofer had a special interest in The Chaparral and had this to say at the time he retired, “I am proud of what the Chaparral has become in the 17 years that I have been associated with the paper. We went from a single computer to a state of the art production system with 11 McIntosh workstations. Most of the equipment, including the desks and chairs, were paid for with advertising revenues. I am grateful to the Alumni Association for providing two of the McIntosh computers, and for being a faithful advertiser.”
Grofer is survived by his wife Mej, son Dan Grofer, and daughters Catherine Withers and Laura Klinger.
The staff of The Chaparral want to extend their deepest condolences to the Grofer family. Ted’s passing is a shock to everyone that knew him and although he is gone, he will not be forgotten.
“Without Ted, The Chaparral would be nothing. Over the years he had dedicated so much time at COD helping students out. I appreciate everything he has done for me and for everyone at The Chaparral.” Marina Padilla editor-in-chief of The Chaparral said. “Ted helped me a lot with my writing skills and taught me to never use so much “lard” in my stories. He is a huge inspiration of mine and others and I hope I made him proud with the way The Chaparral is heading now. I will cherish all the memories we had but I will never forget Ted Grofer.”