The University is sad to inform the campus community that former University of Hartford Board of Regents Chair Thomas Groark Jr. died on Nov. 16. Groark was a Board of Regents member for more than two decades, serving from 1991 to 1995, 1996 to 1999, and 2000 to 2014. He was Vice Chair of the Board from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2008 and Chair from 2008 to 2013. He was elected a Life Regent in May of 2014 and, in December of 2014, was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University.
Throughout the years, Groark was a dedicated advocate for the University. Prior to his time on the University Board, he was a trustee of Hartford College for Women (HCW) which merged with the University of Hartford in 1991 and ceased to exist as a degree granting institution in 2003. HCW’s legacy is The Woman’s Advancement Initiative that enhances the education of women through scholarships, leadership programs, grants, and events.
Calling hours for Groark will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Molloy Funeral Home 906 Farmington Ave, West Hartford. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 N. Main St. West Hartford.
Read Groark’s obituary here.