- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Margaret Roberta Waller Griffin, former lieutenant (junior grade) in the Navy and avid volunteer, died March 12 of renal failure at Easton Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md. She was 75.

Born Feb. 17, 1931, in the District, Mrs. Griffin was raised on Edgemoor Lane, which is now in the heart of Bethesda.

She attended the Madeira School and graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Conn., with a degree in English in 1952.

In 1953, Mrs. Griffin was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy and served until 1959, earning the rank of lieutenant (junior grade).

She married James Donald Griffin Jr. in 1958, and the two spent years sailing up and down the East Coast.

The couple owned numerous businesses, including Dickerson Boat Builders, Robert Morris Inn, Kirkland Hall College and Pier Street Restaurant.

Mrs. Griffin loved the theater, ballet and music, and had a particular fondness for baroque and Elizabethan choral music.

She traveled the globe playing bridge, and won master points locally and in Bermuda; Sea Island, Ga.; and Williamsburg.

In 1973, Mrs. Griffin accepted the chairmanship of the first docent program at the Folger Shakespeare Library under O.B. Hardison.

She was president of the Ladies Board of the House of Mercy, and was committed to volunteering in every aspect of her community life, working in places and for programs such as the Oxford Library, the Junior League, Adventure Theater and Meals on Wheels.

Mrs. Griffin also was a member of the Sulgrave Club, the Chevy Chase Country Club and the Tred Avon Yacht Club.

Friends and family described Mrs. Griffin as a trouper who managed to continue many of her activities while still doing home dialysis four times each day.

At the February celebration of her diamond jubilee, she wore her crown with aplomb and wielded her scepter with dexterity, friends and family said.

Survivors include three children, Marine Corps Lt. Col. James D. Griffin III of New Bern, N.C., Margaret Begor of Oxford, Md., and Mary Leslie Griffin of Silver Spring; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

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