Richard Joseph Griffin, Jr. ’38

Richard Joseph Griffin, Jr. ’38 died on May 22, 2007, in Rockville, Maryland.

Born on September 23, 1916, in Haverhill, Mass., he prepared for college at St. James High School there and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1938, he entered Harvard University, from which he received a master of business administration degree in economic accounting. He joined Price Waterhouse and Company in 1940 and during World War II served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. Returning to Price Waterhouse, he served in various capacities, as staff auditor, branch chief, deputy director of auditing, and director of auditing. In 1950, he joined the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., where he was director of auditing, energy research, and development administration until 1978, when he retired. He then spent two years with the Association of Government Accountants while writing an accounting manual for small business owners and visiting the locations where the manual was presented. He was a member of the Federal Government Accountants Association and served as president of the Montgomery-Prince George’s Counties Chapter. He was a member of Toastmasters and the Argyle Country Club, and from 1983 to 2006 he volunteered to prepare taxes for the elderly under an AARP program and also with Meals-on-Wheels. He was married in 1942 to Connie Fulton, who died in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Griffin, whom he married in 1987; eight children from his first marriage, Marion L. Griffin of New Market, Md., Richard J. Griffin III of Snohomish,Wash., Vernon Griffin of Damascus, Md., Donna Gilliam of Fresno, Calif.,Ted Griffin of Laurel, Md., Fulton Griffin of Manassas, Md., Bob Griffin of Silver Springs, Md., and Louise F. Griffin of Laurel, Md.; two stepchildren from his second marriage, Susan Daly of Columbia, Md., and Carol Cahill of Owings Mill, Md.; a brother; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.