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Obituary: Robert Wright Griffiths

1940 ~ 2004

Robert Wright Griffiths passed away October 4, 2004.

He is survived by daughters Jennifer Anne Griffiths of Zurich, Switzerland and Marcia Lynn Griffiths of Park City, UT and his wife of 39 years, Anne Marie Manning Griffiths, originally of Smyrna, GA.

Bob was born February 10, 1940 in Ogden, Utah to Martha Wright Griffiths and Robert E. Griffiths of Logan Utah. Bob's early years were spent in Smithfield, UT, a community which he held dear all of his life. He attended Logan High School and graduated from Utah State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans and residency training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He served three years in the U.S. Army stationed at William Beaumont General Hospital, EI Paso, Texas where he was Chief of the Allergy and Immunology Service and Assistant Chief, Dept of Medicine. After leaving the service with the rank of major, he joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque to pursue his interest in medical research with grant support from the National Institutes of Health. Bob and his family moved to Salt Lake City in 1973 so that he could supervise the Griffiths Farm in Smithfield - a role that became a passion for him - and he entered private practice in affiliation with St. Mark's Hospital. Because of a love of teaching, he joined the clinical faculty in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and in 1985 moved his practice there, retiring in 1999, as Clinical Associate Professor and Chief of the Allergy Clinic. From 1993 - 2002, he was also president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Research, a biomedical device company. Bob was an avid sportsman, a sponsor of Duck's Unlimited and served on the board of the Utah Wetlands Association. He was a member of the Chesapeake and Bear River Duck Clubs and the Alta Club.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday 9th at the Monument Park Stake House, 1320 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. Burial will be in the family plot, Smithfield City Cemetery, Saturday afternoon. The family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association Utah Chapter or Christus-St. Joseph Villa in lieu of flowers. Funeral Directors: Evans & Early Mortuary a Dignity Memorial Provider.