Dr. Thaddeus Penar '42

Few peopleís lives have made an impact on Grove City College from athletics to academics as the one made by Dr. Ted Penar.  Born in Butler, Pa., he entered Grove City in 1938 as a student-athlete.

He later served his country and became an educator, a coach and college administrator.

He lettered all four years for head coach Jim Loveless on the football field and sprinted for the track team. The Collegian cited Penar as the football teamís "main offensive threat" in his senior season following his "persistent play, both running and blocking that aided materially to the Groversí late season drive" in 1940. His first of two scores at California State College was a kickoff return.

In 1941, the speedy halfback led the Wolverines in scoring and received Honorable Mention All-State from the Associated Press.

He received a bachelor of science degree in commerce in 1942. Following graduation, he held several high school teaching assignments and served the United States Air Force in India. 

Penar then earned his masterís and doctoral degrees in education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Penar joined the Grove City staff in 1953 as the chair of the Department of Education. In 1955, he founded the cross country team and then coached the squad for four seasons.  The 1957 squad won the Tri-State District Meet.

In 1960, he became the registrar and secretary of the faculty, while continuing to teach part-time.  Dr. Penar later became Vice President for
Business Affairs in 1972 and then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.  With 38 years of service, he retired from the College at the end of the 1989-90 year.

Following his retirement from Grove City, Dr. Penar took on another challenge as president of Butler County Community College, a position he held for three years.

Ted married Grove City graduate Marie McMunigle and their four children -- Nancy, Bob, Martha and Carolyn -- all graduated from the College.