Griffith Byrd Dorn, 92, Jewel Co. sales manager

February 19, 2003

Griffith Byrd Dorn, a retired regional sales manager for Jewel Co. Inc., died of prostate cancer Sunday at his Columbia home. He was 92, and resided for many years in Baltimore's Ten Hills neighborhood.

Mr. Dorn was born in Tatum, S.C., and raised in Greenwood, S.C. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Clemson University in 1933.

He began his career that year in Frostburg with Jewel Co., manufacturer of household products.

During World War II, he was commissioned in the Navy and stationed at the San Diego Naval Station as an instructor in chemical warfare. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1945.

He returned to Jewel and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming vice president of the company's Eastern region. He retired in 1970.

A resident of Columbia since 1995, Mr. Dorn was a former member of University Baptist Church in Baltimore. He was an avid gardener and golfer.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, Columbia, where Mr. Dorn was a member.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, the former Eira Reese; two sons, Griffith Byrd Dorn Jr. of Ellicott City and David T. Dorn of Laurel; two daughters, Linda D. Vandenberge of Ellicott City and Nancy D. Kalin of Columbia; three brothers, William Jennings Bryan Dorn and Watson L. Dorn, both of Greenwood, and Charlie Dorn of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Grace Cochran of Columbia, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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