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Griffin, John C.

Lt. Col. John C. Griffin passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 30, 2019. Jack served a distinguished 24-year career in the United States Army Chemical Corps, including overseas service in South Korea, West Germany, and with the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, and is a recipient of the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the Army he became a board-certified mathematics teacher at Walter Wellborn High School in Alabama where during a 20-year career he was twice named the District Teacher of the Year. While living in Anniston, Alabama, he served on the Vestry at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. He was well loved by friends, family, former students, and by his partners at the bridge table. Jack is survived by brother Robert in Arkansas, sister Sherry in Indiana, and son John in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers his family requests donations be made to Black Cat Rescue (599 Broadway #2, Somerville, MA 02145; (, from whom he adopted one of his many companion cats.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Seleana Keller
    October 6th, 2019 | 12:16 pm

    I had to the pleasure of being taught by Mr. Griffin many years ago. He has always been one of my favorite teachers and I loved to hear stories about his career in the military. He was always kind to me. You all are in my prayers.

  2. Brandt Morrison
    October 6th, 2019 | 1:51 pm

    What can I say about about Mr. Griffin… I knew him as a teacher at my high school. He was a great educator and a great man. Im truly saddened to hear of his passing. He was my favorite teacher. He always had the time for his students and was always a example of what a teacher and mentor should be. A truly great loss. R.I.P

  3. October 7th, 2019 | 11:08 am

    Jack was one of my first cousins. We always lived very far away from each other but I always treasured the times when our families got together.

    Jack was interesting, fun, and was always interested in what I had to say. He had more than one amazing career and listening was what made him a great teacher.

    It is a difficult loss for our family.

    Much love and prayers,
    Susie Hawley Todd

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