Griffin, Arthur Craig

Retired Navy Cmdr. Arthur Craig Griffin, 46, of Annapolis, died of cancer Jan. 25 at his home. Cmdr. Griffin was born Sept. 14, 1956, in Atlanta, Ga., and received his bachelor of science degree in engineering and technology from the Naval Academy in 1978. He received a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1984. During his career he served as the Naval Attach” to Germany and was commander of the Naval Liaison Group Mediterranean in Naples, Italy. He was the intelligence assistant to the commander of the 7th Fleet in Japan and executive officer of the USS Excel. A decorated veteran, he was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and many Navy commendations. At the time of his death, he was president of the Naval Academy Class of 1978. He was an avid golfer. Surviving are his wife, Erin Ann Griffin; one son, Midshipman 2nd Class Jeff Griffin; one daughter, Jenna Griffin of the home; and his mother, Fay Copley Griffin, and one brother, Christopher Bruce Griffin of Atlanta, Ga. He was the son of the late Richard T. Griffin. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Naval Academy Chapel, with inurnment in the Naval Academy Columbarium. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Programs, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.