Joseph Hoyt Griffith ’40 died on May 24, 2005, in Stuart, Florida.
Born on April 18, 1918, in Wilkinsburgh, PA, he prepared for college at Classical High School in Springfield, MA, and became a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1940, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1946, attaining the rank of major during World War II. He remained in the Marines Reserves after the war and served again during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a technical representative with E.I. du Pont de Nemours in Boston from 1947 to 1954, when he joined the H.M. Pitman Company, where he was a salesman until 1960, a sales manager for the next seven years, and a branch manager from 1967 until 1971. From 1971 until his retirement in 1979, he was a realtor with Nauset Real Estate Company in Orleans, MA. He was director of the H.M. Pitman Company from 1967 to 1971 and also served as a director of the Boston Litho Club and as an elder of St. Linus Church in Natick, MA. He was married in 1944 to Mary Flaherty, who predeceased him, and is survived by a nephew, Hoyt M. Woods of Port St. Lucie, FL; and a niece, Katherine C. Aniello of Palm City, FL.