George M. Griffith Jr., retired salesman

March 07, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

George Mitchell Griffith Jr., a retired salesman and Maryland history buff, died Feb. 27 of pneumonia at ManorCare Woodbridge Valley in Catonsville. He was 85.

Mr. Griffith was born in Baltimore and raised on Hollins Avenue near Lake Roland. He attended Boys' Latin School and graduated in 1941 from Towson High School.

He attended the University of Maryland and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

During World War II, he served as an officer aboard oil tankers and survived two torpedo attacks in the Caribbean, family said.

After the war, Mr. Griffith returned to Baltimore, where he worked selling insurance and, later, designing and installing kitchens. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Griffith was a resident of Georgetown in Cecil County, where he was an active member of the Lions Club. He also taught a course for many years, "Cecil County: An Introduction to Its Past," at Cecil County Community College in North East.

In recognition of his service to Cecil County Community College, the college established a scholarship in his name.

He enjoyed collecting books and articles on Maryland history and planning and attending family reunions.

He moved last year to Ellicott City.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Davis Meeting House, Watersville Road, in Mount Airy.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Edrie Gantz of Elkton; a son, George M. Griffith III of Ellicott City; two daughters, Ann G. Blackwell of Cockeysville and Ellen G. Spears of Atlanta; a sister, Ann D. Winslow of Jarrettsville; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to Mary Ellen Anderson ended in divorce.

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