GRIFFEY, JR. QUENTIN LYNWOOD Beloved former Pfeiffer University professor, Quentin Lynwood Griffey, Jr., 59, gave up his lifelong battle with depression on March 15, 2003. In his professional life, Quentin was an advocate for the rights of people with mental illnesses, and mental and/or physical handicaps. He received a BA in Psychology at Frostburg State College, an MA in Education at the Citadel, and a PhD in Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked under the direction of Dr. Naomi Zigmond and Dr. Gaea Lindhardt. After leaving Frostburg State, Quentin spent seven years in Beaufort, SC. First as a Vista Volunteer and later as a teacher of students with learning and behavior problems under the direction of Janice Karesh. He started the Special Olympics program in that county. He and his family moved to Pittsburgh where he continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, working as a senior teaching fellow. He came to Pfeiffer University in 1984, where he developed the Special Education Major in the School of Education. Community volunteer work included in the Guardian ad Litem program, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics. Quentin coached Richfield Coach Pitch, T-Ball and helped start the elementary soccer program. He volunteered in various Piedmont Unitarian Church’s community-based projects for the homeless. In his private life he was an extensive reader and was in the process of writing mystery stories. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Hazel Ruth Porter and Quentin Lynwood Griffey, Sr.;and a son Evan Griffey. Memorial service will be held Thursday at 4 pm at Pfeiffer University in Goode Hall by the Rev. Elizabeth McMaster. Friends will be received by the family after the service in Goode Hall. The family will be at 48329 Pfeiffer Place, Misenheimer, NC. He is survived by son Adam Clay Griffey of Sylva, NC and daughter, Katie Griffey of Misenheimer, NC; brother Kenneth Griffey and wife Marilyn and daughter Suzie of Ellerslie, MD. The family asks memorial be made to the School of Education at Pfeiffer University, P.O. Box 960, Misenheimer, NC 28109-0960.
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