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Dr. Thomas W. Griffin

AGE: 71 • Princeton

Dr. Thomas W. Griffin, M.D., 71, of Thousand Oaks, CA and Princeton, N.J. died on November 14, 2017 in Santa Clarita, CA after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Griffin was born and raised in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of the late Peter and Kathleen Griffin. He was a graduate of Regis High School, Boston College and Cornell University Medical School. An oncologist, he spent his entire career in the field of clinical medical research and was instrumental in developing several new and innovative treatments for many forms of cancer while employed with Hoffman-LaRoche, Bristol-Myers, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.

Beloved for his unfailing exuberance and intellectual curiosity, Tom enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for music and science fiction movies.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Rybak. He is survived by his brother Peter Griffin and his wife Mary Ellen of Colts Neck, N.J., his sister Kathleen McGuinness and her husband Thomas of Needham, MA and his sister Marilyn Begley of Farmingdale, N.J., as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

Interment was private. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 550 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, N.J.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the in recognition of Tom's career in cancer research.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 22, 2017
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