Kenneth W. Griffin Jr., 53, headed Army drug programMaster...

August 15, 1998

Kenneth W. Griffin Jr., 53, headed Army drug program

Master Sgt. Kenneth W. Griffin Jr., head of the Counterdrug Pro- gram of the Maryland Army National Guard, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Maryland General Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 53.

Sergeant Griffin enlisted in the National Guard in 1962 and became a full-time, active-duty member in 1990, working out of the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

As head of the Counterdrug Program, Sergeant Griffin -- called "Griff" by co-workers -- coordinated efforts between local police agencies and the National Guard to stop drug use in Maryland.

Born in West Baltimore, Mr. Griffin moved to Woodlawn as a youth and graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1963. He later attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

From 1964 to 1990, he worked in sales and drafting for Saco Supply Inc.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marleen K. Potter, whom he married in 1965; a son, K. William Griffin III of Catonsville; a daughter, Kimberly A. Mercaldo of Timonium; and his mother, Vera Griffin, and two brothers, Charles A. Griffin and Bruce David Griffin, all of Greensboro, N.C.

Dr. Thomas E. Elkins, director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Cockeysville resident was 48.

Dr. Elkins, who joined Hopkins last year, was also chief of pelvic reconstructive surgery and urogynecology. He was an international authority on pelvic reconstructive surgery, and was named one of America's Best Doctors last year by Good Housekeeping magazine.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Dr. Elkins received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University in 1972 and his medical degree from its college of medicine in 1975. He also earned a master of arts degree in religion from Harding University in Memphis, Tenn., while working as a clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Tennessee medical school from 1980 to 1985.

Dr. Elkins was a volunteer physician in Nigeria in the 1970s, and was formerly chief of gynecology at University of Michigan medical school, a professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Louisiana State University school of medicine, and an adjunct professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1: 30 p.m. today at Towson United Methodist Church, Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Link, whom he married in 1970; two sons, Jeffrey Elkins and John Elkins, both of Cockeysville; and his parents, Novis and Laura Elkins, and a brother, James Elkins, all of Harlingen, Texas.

Pub Date: 8/15/98

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