Robert Ross Griffeth|
The death of Bob Griffeth on March 14, 2013 at age 78 shocked friends and family because we always expected him to 'be there,' ready to provide whatever we asked--a companionable bike ride, encyclopedic knowledge of his many interests, or help felling a nuisance tree. He lived in the present. If he had regrets about the past, he never voiced them. Born February 8, 1935 in Indianapolis to Fern Estelle and Ross John Samuel Griffeth, he grew up in Eugene,
Oregon, graduated from U of O
and received a PhD from Northwestern University. Following
a year's research fellowship in West Africa, he taught history at UCLA for ten years, then joined the faculty at University of Washington. In 1984, he embarked on a new career, working for Arco Alaska, which involved travel to villages throughout the state, with extensive stays in Nuiqsut and other villages of the North Slope. His professional connection with Alaska continued for many years after his retirement from Arco. Bob thrived on travel and, with friends, family or alone, covered much of the globe. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan (Moore), his son Truth, daughter Valerie Al-Hachem, his sister Majorie Phillips and her family, and five grandchildren. Service at Tahoma National Cemetery is pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the
Sign Bob's on-line
Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2013