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Queen’s remembers Malcolm Griffin

A former professor of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Malcolm passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Queen’s University regrets to inform the community of the death of Malcolm Griffin.

[Photo of Malcolm Griffin]
Malcolm Griffin

Dr. Griffin passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, surrounded by family, after a five-year battle with cancer. Dr. Griffin earned his PhD at Queen’s in 1965 studying algebra under Paulo Ribenboim, and returned to Queen’s in 1969 to assume a faculty position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He soon switched his area to statistics and is remembered for his passion for teaching, his zest for life, his inquisitive mind, his efforts to protect the environment, and his compassionate concern for justice.

Dr. Griffin was the beloved husband of Sharon Thompson and father to Matthew (Britta), Daniel (Kim), and Timothy (Cora). Malcolm was the grandfather of Theo, Odile, Evelyn, Tessa, Vivian, Emanuel, Mari and Alora who live spread across Canada and in Germany and all of whom will miss him greatly.

Dr. Griffin had strong tri-colour roots, with his wife Sharon (Arts’65, BFA’83), and his son Daniel (Artsci’94, Ed’95), and his late father-in-law, Elwood Thompson (BSc’33), all Queen’s alumni.

A celebration of life honouring Dr. Griffin was held on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Flags on campus were lowered on Saturday, Dec. 1 in memory of Malcolm.

In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Dr. Griffin's environmental commitments, memorial contributions may be made to Eco Justice, Land Conservancy KFLA or the charity of your choice.