Rev. J. R. Griffin, Josephite priest, dies at 64A Mass of...


November 02, 1991

Rev. J. R. Griffin, Josephite priest, dies at 64

A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. J. Richard Griffin, S.S.J., associate chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital, will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the hospital chapel with the Very Rev. Eugene P. McManus, superior general of the Josephites, as the main celebrant.

Father Griffin, who was 64 and had been associate chaplain at the hospital since 1987, died Thursday of a heart ailment in his quarters at the hospital.

The Very Rev. George F. O'Dea, S.S.J., chaplain of the hospital, described him as "a very fine priest" who "spent all his energies caring for the spiritual welfare of patients."

Before joining the St. Joseph staff, he had been pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in Washington since 1977, but had to give up that job after a coronary bypass operation.

Before assuming the pastorate, he had been chaplain at the District of Columbia General Hospital for 11 years and associate pastor of a church in Detroit and of the parish in Clayton, Del., attached to St. Joseph's Industrial School, which he served as principal.

Born in Roxbury, Mass., he went to public schools in Reading, Mass., and Malden High School in Malden, Mass.

He worked in a Boston office before entering the St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart in 1944 and studying at its minor seminary in Newburgh, N.Y., and at St. Joseph's Seminary in Washington before his ordination in 1955.

Father Griffin is survived by a brother, Peter C. Griffin of Brookside, N.J.; a sister, Roberta McLennan of Louisville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

Thomas J. Holden

Retired AAI executive

A Mass of Christian burial for Thomas J. Holden, retired vice president and general counsel of the AAI Corp., will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave., in Mount Washington.

Mr. Holden, who was 70, died yesterday of cancer at his home in the Guilford area.

He retired last January after more than 35 years of service to the company, but he continued to serve as a consultant.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., who was reared in Baltimore, he attended the Johns Hopkins University before completing his work for an engineering degree at the University of Maryland, where he also earned a law degree.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

A skier and golfer who was an original member of the Oregon Ridge Ski Patrol, he was also a member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Maryland Club and the St. George's Society.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Nancy Morrison; three daughters, Ann Holden Harris, Elizabeth Holden and Lynn Holden; his mother Kathleen Ries; a brother, James Holden; and a sister, Rita Terry Swartz, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the hospice program or the auxiliary of Union Memorial Hospital.


Albert C. Dugan

Manager at Octavia

A Mass of Christian burial for Albert Chatard Dugan, retired manager of Octavia Inc., a dress shop, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 401 Cathedral St. Mr. Dugan, who was 51, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Arnold.

He retired in 1989 after 17 years as manager of the shop owned by his mother, Octavia Chatard Dugan of Baltimore and Bethany Beach, Del.

In the 1960s he had done social work for Associated Catholic Charities, been a partner in a swimming pool business and served for several years on the Baltimore police force.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Loyola High School and attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., before his graduation from Loyola College.

After his retirement, he was active as a volunteer with Our Daily Bread and Beans and Bread, two city soup kitchens.

Mr. Dugan was a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

In addition to his mother, his survivors include two sons, Mark Albert Dugan of Boston and Paul Hammond Dugan of Baltimore; a daughter, Elizabeth Werner Dugan of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. Hammond J. Dugan III of Easton; and a sister, Frances Markoe Dugan of Norfolk, Va.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Department of Pediatrics at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly or to Associated Catholic Charities.

William A. Sager

Publishing vice president

A memorial service for William A. Sager, retired vice president for sales of the Waverly Press, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road.

Mr. Sager, who was 77 and lived on Lakeview Road, died yesterday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

He retired in 1979 after 42 years with the publishing company.

After his retirement, he served as a volunteer in the publishing department of the Maryland Historical Society for many years.

Born in Hagerstown, he was a 1932 graduate of Hagerstown High School and a 1936 graduate of Duke University.

During World War II, he served as an officer in the Army.

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