We are saddened to report that General Richard Groves died on December 26, 2011. He was 88 years old. Here you can read his obituary and excerpts from the interview that we recorded on December 5, 2007. As those familiar with the Manhattan Project can imagine, General Leslie Groves held his son to the very highest standards of achievement. Fortunately, General Richard Groves not only met but surpassed them.
On December 5, 2007, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Department of State dedicated the newly rediscovered offices of General Leslie R. Groves and his inner circle. For the first time, the public saw the offices in the New War Building located at 21st and Virginia Avenue, NW in Washington, DC, where Groves and his staff directed the top-secret effort to make an atomic bomb. At that event, General Leslie Groves’ two children took part in the proceedings. General Richard H. Groves received a plaque in honor of his father and Gwen Groves Robinson shared her memories of playing tennis with her father and doing her homework on a couch in his office after school.