Fourteen years ago, I sat down in Hyperion to have coffee with Rob and Virginia Grogan. They were the publishers of a nifty local newspaper, Front Porch Fredericksburg, which featured community-based positive news. I admired their vision. I, too, wanted to create something special for the Fredericksburg community and I needed advice. That conversation helped create what is now Fredericksburg Parent and Family.
Rob Grogan passed on February 23 after a battle with cancer. I want to acknowledge his work in the community, his spirit, and most of all, thank him for his words of encouragement to an unsure and inexperienced publisher.
— Leigh Anne Van Doren.
Rob Grogan and I were kindred spirits from the start. From our first meeting together at the 909 Saloon where we talked about writing, Duquesne University, and my blog, to the last meal we shared together with our friend Melvin Brown at The Hunan Garden on William Street, Rob had a zest for life, a passion for writing and a desire for social justice. He believed in the good in all people.
Affectionately known as "Papa G," there was never a time when a smile wasn't on his face. Thanks for the friendship, Rob.
- Chris Jones