Sunday, July 15, 2012

Groff pyramid



In its March, 2006 e-newsletter, the Association of Gravestone Studies quotes Phillip J. Nuxhall, Historian and Tour Coordinator for the Heritage Foundation of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum:

“Professor William Groff and his daughter, Florence Groff, were both archeologists. Florence requested that her father and brother’s bodies be brought back from Athens, Greece (where they all died) and that her mother be brought back from Cairo, Egypt to be buried under a 425 square foot pyramid but Spring Grove directors denied the request. In 1952, at White Plains, New York, a compromise with the relatives was reached contesting the will which authorized the Public Administrator to spend $10,000 of Miss Groff’s $40,000 estate for the pyramid and to bring the rest of the family members’ bodies back to Spring Grove. The pyramid was finally erected in 1957 at a cost of $7,000 by Beck and Beck Inc. of Barre, Vermont for Goodall Monument Works, Inc. The names on the pyramid are in English, Greek, and Egyptian. The pyramid is about ¼ of the originally planned size.”


FLORENCE GROFF
BORN CINCINNATI, OHIO
DIED MARCH 21, 1948
HASTINGS ON HUDSON, N. Y.

WILLIAM N. GROFF
BORN MAY 4, 1857, CINCINNATI, OHIO
DIED DEC. 4, 1901, ATHENS, GREECE
ASIATIC SOC. — EGYPTIAN INSTITUTE

WILLIAM T. GROFF, M. D.
BORN DEC. 19, 1843, PHILADELPHIA, PA.
DIED JULY 9, 1900, ATHENS, GREECE

SARAH E. TALBOT GROFF
BORN CINCINNATI, OHIO
DIED MAR. 24, 1900, GHIZEH, EGYPT


Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton County, Ohio

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