|Occupation||DHARMA Initiative Founder|
|Episode(s)||Orientation, ?, Not in Portland|
|Played By||Michael Gilday|
Gerald DeGroot was a doctoral Candidate from the University of Michigan, who founded the DHARMA Initiative in 1970. His last name indicates that he is of Dutch desent. Influenced by B.F. Skinner, Gerald and his partner Karen set out to create a large scale communal research compound where scientists and free thinkers would be able to pursue scientific pursuits. When a Danish Industrialist named Alvar Hanso provided them with the adequate funds required, their dream was brought to life.