Wallace James Growney


Wallace James Growney passed away on Feb. 1, 2019 in Tampa, Fla. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Wallace was born on Oct. 30, 1939 in Easton, PA, the only son of Wallace J. Growney, Sr. and Gladys (Sublett Motley) Growney.

Wallace was a 1957 graduate of Frankford High School in northeast Philadelphia. Wallace later attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where he received a B.S. degree in Physics in 1961, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

During his career, Wallace was a professor of mathematics and management sciences at Susquehanna University, where he was an innovator in computer science and information systems, a visiting scholar at Harvard and a consultant for technology firms nationwide.

Wallace is survived by his wife of 37 years, Andrea Elizabeth Schwedersky; four children, Kristen (Yamamoto) of San Francisco, Calif., Todd of Silver Spring, Md., Eric of Takoma Park, Md., and Diann (Harrity) of Clifton, Va; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wallace's memory to Susquehanna University, www.susqu.edu; or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.
Published on February 9, 2019
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Roy Lotsey, Susquehanna University Class of 1989
Feb 12, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Dr. Growney's passing. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In 1985, as a freshman at Susquehanna University, I took Dr. Growney's, Using Computers 2-credit class. Doing so gave me 18 credits in my first semester.

This class was at 8am(!) every day (or maybe Monday-Thursday, I can't remember anymore).

The class was easy for me-- so much so that I wound up assisting Dr. Growney's later class of the same when it fit with my full schedule.

What wasn't easy was getting there for 8am every day as a freshman who was experiencing freedom for the first time.

Here's why Dr. Growney has never left my memory...

I easily earned an A in the class, but Dr. G gav
...e me a B+ due to my frequent tardiness. I also earned 4 A's in my 4-credit classes and would have achieved a 4.0 along with several others that first semester back in '85.

I went to Dr. Growney and pleaded my case to no avail. He told me one day I would remember the moment and understand the lesson. He was compassionate but firm and I took the news well enough.

We had a good relationship throughout my time at SU and he later helped arrange a meeting with the Dean of Business at Loyola in Baltimore, MD.

I've told this story many times over the years. My kids have heard it plenty.

I'm grateful for Dr. Growney's wisdom. It has served me well. I am thankful for his friendship back in those days.

Dr. Growney, I do remember the moment and the lesson.

Thank you!

May you rest in peace.
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