Born in Mexico to American parents, Grant moved with his parents to Louisville, Ky., at the age of 12 and made that city the center of his life. 

He spent a year at Lawrenceville but came to Princeton after a year at Christ’s Hospital (School), Horsham, Sussex, England on a scholarship from the English-Speaking Union. He was a member of Cloister Inn and majored in English, writing his thesis on “Debate between Bartholomew de las Casas and Gines de Sepulveda.” 

Grant was drafted into the Army after graduation and spent most of the next two years in Newfoundland. He returned to civilian life at Harvard Law School and went to work after graduation with a law firm in Louisville, where he became a partner in 1962 and maintained an office the rest of his life. Practicing corporate law, Grant wrote he liked “to think I am successful because I do not let my clients or my opponents forget that human beings are involved in all transactions that wind up in litigation.” 

Concerned for the proper use of the English language, Grant would give young associates exercises in remedial reading and writing. “Shakespeare,” he would say, was his “favorite hobby” and in pursuit of this hobby, he audited graduate classes at the University of Louisville, attended the historic 2001 Blackfriars’ Shakespeare Conference in Staunton, Va., and became a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Society. He and his wife established a pattern of traveling to Cambridge, England, every other year to attend summer school classes in Shakespeare. 

Grant died July 7, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his sons, G. Macaulay Bruton and Ian C. Bruton; three grandsons; and two stepdaughters. 

Undergraduate Class of 1953