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Dr. Albert J. Griffith
Born in Fort Worth, TX on June 5, 1932
Died June 28, 2013 and resided in San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Albert J. Griffith, Jr., who served Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) as an administrator and professor of English for 45 years, died June 28. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1932, the son of Albert J. (Bert) Griffith Sr., a Fort Worth Star-Telegram newsman, and Dorothy Byron Griffith, a high school chemistry teacher, he graduated Maxima Cum Laude with a major in English from St. Edward's University in Austin. He served in the U.S. Army and received a Master of Arts degree and a doctoral degree in American Literature from the University of Texas in Austin.
Besides being a professor of English at OLLU, Dr. Griffith served with distinction in a number of administrative roles including chair of the English department, vice president for development and public relations, the first director of the humanities division, academic dean, and vice president and dean of academic affairs.
Dr. Griffith was a prolific scholar, authoring numerous articles, bibliographies, editions, poems, and book reviews, as well as a book on the American author Peter Taylor. For his gifted work in the classroom, he was named Moody Professor by OLLU and Incarnate Word College and received numerous awards, including the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teacher Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, the Myra Stafford Pryor Award for Distinguished Faculty Service, the Fleming Award, and the Piper Professorship, the highest statewide Texas Award for faculty excellence.
In recognition of his long and devoted service to his profession and the University, OLLU honored him with the title of Professor Emeritus of English, Drama and Communication Arts in 2003 upon his retirement.
He is survived by Elizabeth Jansing Griffith, his beloved wife of 56 years; his children Katherine Griffith of Los Angeles, John Griffith of Boerne, Carol Griffith Dickerson of Oak Point, TX and Mark Griffith of Austin; his daughter/son-in-laws Laurie Hundl Griffith, Darla Fjeld and Joe Dickerson; and his grandchildren Austin and Brian Griffith and Sarah, Joshua and Laura Dickerson. He leaves behind a brother Bill Griffith and wife Pati of Washington, D.C. and a sister Mary Griffith Jackson and husband Bill of Boerne.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Development Office at Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 SW 24th St., San Antonio, TX 78207 in care of the "The Albert J. Griffith Endowed Fellowship" which is awarded annually to Graduate students studying in the field of English and Communication Arts.
Published in Express-News on July 21, 2013