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Dr. John H. Griffin (May 19, 1914 – October 18, 1988[1]) was the Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from February 1964 to October 21, 1966.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Griffin was born in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and received a bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1935.[1] He received a medical degree from Tufts University in 1939.[1] With his wife Mary Louise (nee McDonagh), he had eight children (daughters Clare, Mary Louise, and Kathryn, and sons John, Paul, Gerald, James, Peter, and Christopher) and ten grandchildren.[1]

He served in the United States Navy for six years, resigning as a commander.[1] Griffin died in the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut, and his funeral mass was said at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, the birthplace of the Knights.[1]

Knights of ColumbusEdit

He served as State Deputy of Maryland, and was elected to the Supreme Board of Directors in 1960.[1] from 1966 until 1984, he served as the Supreme Physician.[1] He served as president of the Fraternal Congress of America in 1975.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "HON. JOHN H. GRIFFIN, M.D., K.S.G., K.H.S." (PDF). Knights of Columbus Maryland State Council. Retrieved February 2, 2018.