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GRINDON, Alfred Joseph Alfred Joseph Grindon, MD, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. He is preceded in death by his loving parents Julia Murray Grindon and Arthur St. Leger Grindon, and by his brother Leger Grindon, Jr. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 55 years, his son Alfred (Carri); his daughter Marianne (Jim); his son Stephen (Tonya); his daughter Katherine; his sister Carolyn (Harry); grandchildren Claire, Lucy, James, Sophie, Meg, Ashleigh, Emma, and Henry; many nieces and nephews, and countless friends and colleagues. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Al met his wife, Joan Wavering, while attending the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He later specialized in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine, serving at the NIH and Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1977 to 2000, he was Director of Blood Services at the American Red Cross in Atlanta. He was also Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, and taught at Grady Memorial Hospital. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Association of Blood Banks. He received blood banking's highest honors, the AABB's John Elliot Award and the Red Cross's Charles Drew Award. He had a passion for learning and sharing his love of learning with others; even after his retirement, he found ways to continue learning and teaching. Most recently, he was an ESL instructor with Catholic Charities. Teaching these students brought him great joy. Al was a renaissance man with countless interests. He was an avid tennis player and counted his partners among his closest friends. He loved making music, both at home and at church; he was a founding member of All Saints Catholic Church where he served as a lector and song leader. He also loved to travel; he and Joan recently returned from a trip to Greece where he was finally able to "sail the wine-dark sea." He loved the beach; the house he and Joan had on St. George Island was one of his favorite places. His greatest joy, however, was his family. A funeral Mass will be held Monday, November 21st at 10:30am at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Vincent de Paul, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, or Catholic Charities Atlanta- Adult Education Program.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2016
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