Left us on Sunday, January 27, 2002. He was born May 23, 1908, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Buzz is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Virginia (Edward) Sayles, Sally (Paul) Bando and son Michael (Mara) Grisinger. He is also survived by grandchildren Michael (Deborah) Lewis, Mark (Lori) Lewis, Molly Ferrari, Matthew (Saba) Bando, step-granddaughter Ariel and six great-grand children. Although he was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Buzz spent much of his youth in Casper, Wyoming. He studied automotive engineering at the University of Nebraska and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. At the end of his junior year, he transferred to the Boeing School of Aeronautics in Oakland, California. He was graduated in 1931 and headed east to join the Chrysler design team in Detroit, Michigan. He left Chrysler to accept a position in Kaiser-Frazer s design studio and when he left in 1953, was chief automotive designer. In 1953, he established a design consulting firm with his partner, Rhys Miller, "Miller-Grisinger Design", contracting design work for several companies. In 1955, Buzz joined the design staff at Ford Motor Company and in 1961, he was appointed Design Director of the Lincoln/Mercury studio. He was responsible for the 1963 through 1973 Lincolns, where his taste and talent were especially reflected in the 1966 and 1970 Lincoln Continentals. Buzz retired in 1970 after a career of approximately forty years in the industry. Designers with whom he worked remember him as a health and fitness advocate, unbeatable at ping-pong and one-arm chin-ups. At age 85, Buzz won first place in the fifty-yard butterfly and fifty-yard freestyle at the Senior Master s national competition in Santa Clara, California. After his retirement, Buzz moved to California, eventually settling in Santa Barbara in a a home he loved, overlooking the Pacific ocean with a magnificent view of the Santa Inez Mountains. He turned his attention to many hobbies including cabinetry, designing and building furniture, and crafting gifts for friends and family from exotic woods. He also served as an Honorary Judge at the local Concours d Elegance in Santa Barbara for several years. Buzz will be remembered by his loving family and his many friends for his quiet dignity, creativity and encouragement to all, young and old.
Published in The Detroit News on Feb. 3, 2002.