Richard Grande was born and raised in South Philadelphia. He was educated in the Philadelphia Parochial System from kindergarten through high school. He graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in June of 1960. He attended La Salle College from September 1960 through May 1965. In 1964, he was on the team of scholars who brought national recognition to La Salle College through their appearance on the nationally televised quiz program, the GE College Bowl. He majored in English at La Salle College and received his Bachelors degree in May of 1965. He received a teaching assistantship from the University of Dayton and earned his Masters degree in English in May of 1967. Since 1985, he has been employed full time teacher of English at Penn State Abington where he is currently a Senior Lecturer. Since 1989, he has also taught at La Salle University on a part time basis as an Adjunct Professor of English.
Grande, Richard and Hopper, Frank, "Interview of Richard Grande" (2009). All Oral Histories. Paper 100.
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