It with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of Past District 6630 Governor, Dr. Roderick P. Grant, who was very devoted and served in Rotary for 61 years. He was member of the Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls, serving as president in 1970-71 and upon retiring, transferred to a club in Sun City, Florida.
Dr. Grant was honored to serve as our Governor in 1983-1984. The Rotary theme that year was Share Rotary – Serve People, which fit him perfectly as this is what he did throughout his life. Examples of his service includes providing eye exams and glasses to refugees in Thailand (November 1987), leading a Rotary Group Study Exchange team to Brazil (1989), and led a Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa (1991).
His full obituary follows.
Roderick Pepper, Grant O.D., of Sun City Center, Florida and formerly of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died December 5, 2017.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Felicia Adams Grant; three sons, Peter (Nancy), Stephen (Peggy), and Timothy; he is also survived by six grandchildren, Geoffrey (Ana), Kathryn Haas (Jereme), Benjamin (Sinéad), Zachary (Megha), Edwin (Lindsey), and Curtis (Amy); and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his siblings, George H. Grant, Eleanor Thompson and Charles L. Grant.
He was born in Akron, Ohio, March 31, 1924, to the late L. Harrison and Helen Pepper Grant. He attended King School in Akron and graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio in 1941. He matriculated to Middlebury College in Vermont but left in his Sophomore year to volunteer for service in the Army. A veteran of World War II, he drove ambulances as a member of the 320th Medical Battalion, 95th Infantry Division, 3rd Army and later 1st Army, in the European Theater of Operations. Rod married the love of his life, Felicia Adams on August 9, 1947 and the family recently gathered to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
Rod enjoyed a 45-year career as an optometrist, during which he served two terms on the Ohio State Board of Optometry, the second as Board President. Having initially joined his father’s optometry practice in Akron (already the 2nd generation of Grant family optometrists), he later established his own practice in Cuyahoga Falls. He retired in 1994 at age 70. The Grant family of optometrists continues in Cuyahoga Falls through his niece Drusilla (4th generation) and in Beachwood Ohio through his grandson Edwin (5th generation).
Rod devoted much effort to various forms of service. In his 61 years as a Rotarian, Rod served as a district governor for Northeast Ohio (1983-84), provided eye exams and glasses to refugees in Thailand (November 1987), led a Group Study Exchange team to Brazil (1989), and led a Friendship Exchange to South Africa (1991). After retiring to Florida, he continued in Rotary for the next 23 years. As a young man Rod served as chairman of the Cuyahoga Falls YMCA board (1963) and as president of the Cuyahoga Falls Family Service (1965). He also belonged to the Akron Jaycees. A lifelong Congregationalist, Rod was a member of West Congregational Church in Akron and Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, where he served two terms as moderator.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Rod’s memory to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Foundation Scholarship Endowment, c/o Rotary Club of Sun City Center, P.O. Box 5382, Sun City Center, Florida 33571