Valerie J. Gilpeer Grodin

Profile Updated: May 24, 2019
I Reside: Encino, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Hon Thomas Grodin (Ret.)
My Children: Emily, 27 years old, born in 1991
Occupation(s): Attorney
I am not planning to attend the 50th Reunion:

I hope you '69ers have a good time without me!

Where I was born:

Sibley Hosptial, Washington, DC

An Opening Statement:

May 24, 2019 update: Now retired after 40 years practicing law. I am now turning my attention to writing a book about and with my daughter, Emily. Emily has Autism and is minimally speaking- and had for months been attempting to use her I pad to communicate more fully. Following a family trip to Ireland in 2016 she had a monumental breakthrough: she began typing in full sentences, and emerged as a talented writer of poetry, essays, short stories and political commentary. It all led to college, and now a book deal. She and we are thrilled. Look for it some time in 2020/2021.

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My Parents:

my father passed away in 1986- mom in a nursing home, almost 90 years old

Mom passed in 2011.


BA- UC Berkeley, MPA-George Washington University
JD-Southwestern University School of Law

Professional Achievement(s):

I have been practicing law for 30 years, most of which was in the field of commercial litigation. For the past 8 years I have practiced special education law, representing disabled students and their families to ensure that the students obtain the appropriate educational program from their local school District.

My Biggest Disappointment(s):

Sorry I lost contact with everyone I cared about at Whitman. Must have been a reason but I have no idea what it was.

What was my BEST moment at Whitman:

It was more than a moment, but the best time I had was with Peter Bennett as my boyfriend.

What I loved most about Whitman:

Looking back, I realize the superb education we all received.

What was my WORST moment at Whitman:

Can't recall-

Family members who attended Whitman:

My brother, Elliott.Class of 1967

My Interests:

My husband, my daughter, pursuing equal rights for kids with disabilities, travel, art and architecture

My Favorite Smell:

rain and chanel no.5

Famous or interesting people you've met?

My clients and their families- whose perseverance never fails to amaze me.

What is your Biggest turn-on?

Humor and generosity

What is your Biggest turn-off?

stinginess and the failure to consider another person's perspective

I am a Veteran:


Favorite Quotation/s:

Moderation is greatly overrated

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May 24, 2019 at 11:39 PM
Apr 04, 2019 at 12:49 AM

The swings near Glen Echo are such a sweet memory. Peter took me there with Jack Coughlin. I have wondered what became of him!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Valerie and Tom with our daughter, Emily in New Orleans, 2007
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Valerie and Tom in Puerto Vallarta