Peter P. Griswold
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Peter P. Griswold Alden Peter P. Griswold, 79 of Alden, Michigan passed away on January 24, 2011. Peter was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario on February 9, 1931. His parents were John Howard and Isabelle (Nablo) Griswold and stepmother Dorothy Hammett Griswold. Peter received a BA in 1952 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York; his hometown; and a MA in 1956 from Michigan State University. At MSU, he was the first Rehabilitation Counseling graduate in the country and went on to be the State Director of Michigan Rehabilitation Services. Two national awards that Peter received during his professional career and was most proud of were: The American with Disabilities Act Award (1990) and Mary E. Switzer National Leadership Award (1983). He also was an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and University of Wisconsin-Stout and lectured across the country for several universities and rehabilitation organizations. Peter served in the United States Army Medical Service Corps from 1952 1954. He loved sports, particularly the MSU Spartans and playing golf, traveling with his wife, and the company of good friends from across the United States. Peter is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue A. (Fogg) Griswold, daughter and son-in-law Alison G. and Thomas C. Larabel, and grandson and grand daughter-in-law Zachary J. and Kristen Laur Stone. A memorial gathering with family and friends will be planned for the spring. The family is thankful to Munson Hospice, Traverse City, MI and Tidewell Hospice, Englewood, FL for the loving care they provided. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to may make a contribution to these organizations in Peter's name.

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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 30, 2011.
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February 2, 2011
Dear Sue,
So sorry to hear about Pete. He was a mentor to me , had a great sense of humor and taught me a lot of survival skills. He will be missed and not forgotten.
-Ivan Louis Cotman
Ivan Louis Cotman
January 30, 2011
Dear Alison, I'm so sorry for your loss. When I look back to High School I have the fondest memories of you, and your family.
My condolences, Angela (Rodriguez)Laferriere
Angela Laferriere
January 30, 2011
Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Pete. Pete was admired, respected and loved by many I am sure. He always listened and offered his help when needed. Among the many State Directors, he stands out as one who embodied the best in both intellect and humanity. I will miss him.
Jack Duncan
January 29, 2011
Over a four-decade period, I knew Pete – as a pioneering leader, consummate professional and role model in the field of rehabilitation, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and for me most pointedly a great person who I had the pleasure of considering “the older brother” I never had. He was always there for me… not only in person but in spirit. I miss him dearly yet trust that the warm memories of him will ease the felt emptiness.
My heart goes out to Sue, Krissy and Zac, and believe that your recollections of Pete’s, Dad’s and Grandpa’s existence and essence will help with the momentary caverness void.
With hugs and love to all,
Bill Emener
William Emener
January 28, 2011
On behalf of the entire Emener family, please accept our deepest symapthy. Pete was an accomplished colleague and kind friend of Dad's. We all have wonderful memories with Pete and his family over the years.
Blessings and prayers,
Bill Emener and Family
Karen Emener Minert
January 28, 2011
To: Pete's Family
Pete was the state director when I was working at MCTI/State Tech. He was always kind to me. I can still see him walking in the door. Please accept my condolences.
Patricia Pallett
January 26, 2011
Dear Sue,

So sorry to hear the news about Pete. He was an extraordinary man and we were all so fortunate to have known him. My deepest condolences to you.
Michael Leahy
January 26, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Paul & Sherri Wiegman
January 26, 2011
To: Mr. Peter Griswold's Family

May God keep you in His care and may He comfort you during the days ahead.
Thelma Staley Clark
January 25, 2011
Dear Sue, Alison, Zac and Krissy.
I am very sorry to hear about Pete. My most sincerest condolences to all of you.
Brenda Stone
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