Dr. Weir C. Ketler '08

A prodigious figure in the history of Grove City College, Dr. Weir C. Ketler began his employment career at the College by working as men's basketball coach from 1910 to 1913.

In those three seasons, Ketler directed Grove City to a 32-7 overall record. Grove City compiled an 11-3 record during the 1910-11 season, his first as coach. The next year, Grove City recorded its first undefeated season by going 12-0.

Prior to the 1912-13 season, the basketball team moved its home games from the basement of Carnegie Library to the newly-constructed Ketler Gymnasium, named for his father Isaac, on Main Street.

Ketler also worked as an assistant football coach at Grove City during his coaching career.

He became the College's third president in 1916 and served in that position for 40 years. His unwavering leadership guided the College through World Wars I and II as well as the Great Depression.

Ketler joined the Board of Trustees in 1964 and remained on the board for 23 years.

An avid tennis player and golfer, he played an integral part in the development of Grove City Country Club.

He graduated from Grove City in 1908 and then completed his doctorate at Yale in 1910.

He received honorary degrees from five institutions during his distinguished career. Buena Vista (Iowa) College honored Ketler in 1921. Allegheny College (1922), University of Pittsburgh (1928) and Waynesburg College (1947) also presented him with honorary degrees.

In 1976, Grove City College awarded an honorary degree to him in conjunction with the College's 100th anniversary.

Dr. Ketler passed away December 15, 1987 at age 99.