One of SCPC’s great friends, Phil Grose, passed away last week. Unbeknownst to many of his friends, he had been diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, but Phil lived a rich life until the cancer returned recently.
In that three year period, Phil completed his biography of his good friend, John Carl West — Looking For Utopia. Grose spoke at a number of signing events celebrating the book’s publication, including ones at SCPC, The Carter Presidential Library, and The Citadel. The biography showcased Phil’s elegant writing, solid scholarship, and intimate knowledge of Governor West, gained while working in the West administration.
Phil was not trained as a historian; he learned the craft in writing his first book, South Carolina at the Brink, a biography of Governor Robert McNair, in whose administration Phil had also worked.
We came to know Phil through his work on the McNair book, and he quickly became a close friend and then a donor, contributing his research notes from the McNair book. Phil was a grand gentleman and will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.
Contributed by Herb Hartsook