Michael Douglas Groshon, 62, a true-blue Citadel man, lost his courageous battle to leukemia on Friday afternoon, November 11, 2016. Born January 2, 1954, in Charleston to the late Lavern D. (Bill) and Hazel D. Groshon, the James Islander was a proud member of The Citadel tennis team and graduated in 1976. Having worked in the “real world” after graduating, he returned as an employee to the college he adored in 1981 and gave back unselfishly to his alma mater in a multitude of ways. Mike gave of himself to The Citadel for the past 35 years and emerged as a prime example of undeniable loyalty, hard work and true dedication. Mike served The Citadel’s department of athletics in numerous ways that included facility and field maintenance, equipment manager, tennis coach and a teacher of boating classes. He loved his college unconditionally and took great pride in its beauty, especially the emerald green field at historic Johnson Hagood Stadium for more than three decades and later, Summerall Field, the centerpiece of The Citadel campus. Most of all, however, he loved being the guardian of The Citadel’s live bulldog mascots where they participated in athletic events, parades and special events on campus. And he also mentored and guided countless cadets throughout his working career. A highlight of Mike’s career came in 2000 when the Southern Conference tennis coaches voted him Coach of the Year. A celebration to honor his life will be held at The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel on Thursday, November 17, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Mike Groshon ’76 Memorial Scholarship, c/o The Citadel Brigadier Foundation or to the Bulldog Mascot Enhancement Fund, c/o The Citadel Foundation Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. Credit card donations may be made online at www.brigadierfoundation.com or by calling 843/953-5277 during regular working hours. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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