Dr. Grothe was an incredibly kind man with a heart of gold. Anyone who was in need of a kind word, support, or guidance, he was there. I am privileged to be able to say that Peter was my friend, and I regret that I did not say "thank you" to him before he passed.
Peter helped me much more than I ever helped him, though I enjoyed my time being a student employee for him. I laughed then (and still!) at some of the silly things he asked me to do! For example he was determined to find a way to stop junk mail from coming to his mailbox - and damned if I didn't make a hundred phone calls to those miscellaneous solicitors!
He always had a smile for me and asked how I was (and asked the question with sincerity). It is a small act I try to replicate.
He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. He made a difference to me, and I know to so many others.
Rest in peace, Peter, Dr. Grothe.