General Leslie R. Groves’ Grandson Visits Los Alamos

At Thursday’s gathering from left, Mark Rayburn, Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair; Nancy Bartlit, WWII author and former President of the Los Alamos Historical Society; John Bartlit, advocate for Los Alamos Historical Society and environmental columnist; Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partners; Dick Groves, Grandson of General Leslie R. Groves; Paul Millar, friend and business partner of Dick Groves Photo by Tom Sandford, Los Alamos Historical Society board member and historical district tour guide. Photo by Tom Sandford/Los Alamos Historical Society board member and historical district tour guide

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

This week General Leslie R. Groves’ grandson Dick Groves of Hong Kong visited the historical district of Los Alamos with his business partner Paul Millar of Toronto, Canada.

Groves was unable to attend the May 19, 2011 dedication of the bronze statues of his grandfather and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. Other family members came from many parts of the United States and England to help Los Alamos County celebrate this popular Art in Public Places project. 

From left, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, Paul Millar, Dick Groves and General Leslie R. Groves. Photo by Tom Sandford

Groves promised Los Alamos historian Nancy Bartlit, organizer of the statues ceremony, that one day he would visit Los Alamos, and Thursday’s visit kept this promise. His interest in WWII history was enhanced as a teenager when he helped General Groves in his office.

As a fourth generation West Point graduate, his career took him to Asia to work for and with Japanese and Chinese businesses. Presently, he is editing the memoirs of his father Lt. General Richard H. Groves.

Shortly after the Lt. General’s death in January 2012, the Groves family’s portrait of General Leslie R. Groves, known for his logistical leadership of the Manhattan Project during WWII, was donated to the Los Alamos Historical Society. The portrait can be viewed in the Los Alamos Historical Museum, where the General stayed on his visits to “The Hill.”

Gathered for Thurrsday’s visit by Dick Groves and Paul Millar were Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair Mark Rayburn, WWII author and former President of the Los Alamos Historical Society Nancy Bartlit, advocate for Los Alamos Historical Society and environmental columnist John Bartlit, Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partners Nina Johnson, Grandson of General Leslie R. Groves Dick Groves, and friend and business partner of Dick Groves Paul Millar.

Persons who joined the group later include Ron Wilkins, president of the Los Alamos Historical Society, Hedy Dunn, retired director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum, who gave a tour of the Museum.

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