Bob Groshner grew up on the family farm in Guys Mills, Pennsylvania with his brother Bill and sisters Patricia and Darlene.
After graduating in 1955 from Randolph-East Mead High School, Bob attended Allegheny College. He served as the Meadville Area Community Ambassador to Italy; his time there sparked a lifelong appreciation for the country’s people, culture and food. He received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and married Stepheny Higby, and was commissioned into the United States Air Force.
His operational career started at RAF Lakenheath Air Base in England in the F-100 Super Sabre. He deployed to Vietnam, where he flew 222 combat missions – he forever cherished the Super Sabre. Following his return to the states, he was assigned as a medical research pilot at Kelly AFB, Texas. There he became the second man to sustain 9-g’s in a centrifuge and flew the NF-100F on weightless training. Next, he deployed to Korat Air Base in Thailand.
Upon his return, Bob moved with his children, Maria, Vikki, and Scott, to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, where he served as a Squadron Commander flying the A-7 and A-10.
There he met his second wife, Elizabeth Pollard and her son Bob who was a member of the Joint Test Team that evaluated the A-10 and attack helicopters for high threat scenarios. He then became director of the Tactical Air Command Systems Office at the Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts. He commanded the Northern Arizona University AFROTC program His final assignment was as the head of the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio.
While in the Air Force, Bob received a master’s degree in chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He retired as a Colonel, and throughout his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
After retiring from the Air Force, Bob turned an appreciation of golf into his second career, earning a degree in golf management at the San Diego Golf Academy, and graduating Valedictorian of his class. He played a key role in the Research and Development department at Callaway Golf in Carlsbad, CA., building clubs for many professional golfers, celebrities, including a club presented to President Bill Clinton.
Prior to his arrival at the Golf Academy, Bob was introduced to Theresa (Terri) Shawhan through her son Karl, one of Bob’s gifted students in the AFROTC Program at NAU. Recalling that Terri lived in San Diego, he looked her up when he arrived in town, and the rest is history.