Dr. Peter Grothe, emeritus director of International Student Programs and longtime instructor, mentor and supporter passed away on Saturday, June 16, following a serious illness over the past five months.
Peter’s dedication to international students over the years was exceptional, as evidenced by the ongoing accolades Peter has received from former students. His cross-cultural lunches, Big Sur hikes, Institute ski trips where he gave lessons to beginner skiers, and his successful recruiting for MIIS in over 40 countries, are among the most visible of Peter’s contributions.
More importantly, he was there for Monterey Institute students, especially international students, when they needed a friendly conversation, help understanding American culture or a solid dinner. In recent years Peter also made an extraordinary financial commitment to enable 145 international students to pursue their education at the Institute.
Peter enjoyed a long and distinguished career in international policy and higher education. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Communications, Political Science and History at Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science at George Washington University. He earned an honorary doctorate from the Monterey Institute in 2005. He served as foreign policy advisor to Senator Hubert Humphrey and as deputy director of the United Nations Division of the Peace Corps.
The family would like to pass along their warmest regards to the many alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends who sent Peter well wishes, cards and letters during his illness, and would like the senders to know how much they meant.
A memorial service will be held at the Monterey Institute in September, when faculty and students return to campus. More information is forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation of any size to the Peter Grothe Scholarship Fund for Women in Developing Countries. You can make a donation by filling out the Institute’s online giving form or contacting the Institutional Advancement Office at (831) 647 3523.