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September 02, 1992

R. Riggs Griffith IV

Du Pont retiree

R. Riggs Griffith IV, who held various positions in the treasurer's office of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in Wilmington, Del., for 42 years before returning to his native Baltimore in 1969, died of cancer Aug. 24 at Keswick. He was 88.

Private services were held Thursday.

He was educated at Marston's School and the University of Maryland.

He was a direct descendant of British Maj. Gen. John Hammond of Anne Arundel County and Henry Griffith, a Colonial legislator from Montgomery County. Mr. Griffith was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati because his great-great-grandfather, Capt. Samuel Griffith, was one of George Washington's officers.

While living in Wilmington, Mr. Griffith served on the board of the Youth Services Commission and was vice chairman of the Delaware chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He was chairman and organizing director of the Delaware Nature Education Center, president and director of the Delaware Roadside Council and vice president and treasurer of the Delaware Federation of Sportsmen and Conservation Clubs.

After retiring in 1969 and moving back to Baltimore, Mr. Griffith was active in the affairs of the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, serving on the finance committee and as an usher.

He was a volunteer at the School of the Chimes. At Keswick, he was a volunteer and assistant to the executive director as well as a member of the board. He was also a member of the Maryland Historical Society and the English-Speaking Union.

Mr. Griffith enjoyed bass fishing.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Martha White, whom he married in 1948; two children, R. Riggs Griffith V of Tampa, Fla., and Sarah Wilson Griffith of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

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