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William K. McGroarty, 93, Baltimore

The Rev. William K. McGroarty, 93, of Baltimore died of heart failure Nov. 26, 2012, at St. Claude La Colombiere Residence in Baltimore.

Rev. McGroarty ministered at three universities, led retreats and counseled alcoholics. He was a Jesuit for 66 years and a priest for 57 years.

Born June 3, 1919, in Norristown, Pa., he was the son of the late Bernard McGroarty and the late Anne Marie Kelly.

Following graduation from Glenolden High School in Glenolden, Pa., he pursued a year of study at St. Charles Pre-Seminary College in Baltimore.

During World War II, he served in the Corps of Engineers in the U.S Army for three years. His service took him through Normandy, northern France, the Battle of the Bulge and central Germany.

He entered the Society of Jesus on Feb. 1, 1946, at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pa., where he pronounced his first vows on Feb. 2, 1948, and pursued college studies in the humanities. He was then sent to study philosophy from 1948 to 1951 at Woodstock College in Maryland where he received a bachelorís of arts in 1950, licentiate in philosophy in 1951 and a masterís of arts degree in 1952.

As a Jesuit scholastic, he taught sophomores at Gonzaga High School, in Washington, D.C., from 1951 to 1952 before being sent to study theology at Woodstock College in Maryland beginning in 1952.

He was ordained a priest June 19, 1955, and received a bachelorís of sacred theology degree in 1956.

He served as a priest in academic settings at Wheeling Jesuit University, Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland. He served as assistant province treasurer in care of Jesuit properties in Southern Maryland and retreat director from 1988 to 2003. He earned a certificate in alcoholic counseling from Johns Hopkins University and counseled alcoholics and family members. He refereed American Hockey League games from 1957 to 1970.

He is survived by his brother, Edwin McGroarty of San Diego; and sister, Katherine McGroarty of Philadelphia.

Visitation was held Nov. 29 at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Baltimore. Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock. Burial will take place at the Woodstock Jesuit Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home.