Services for Dr. Derrick Griffith (of Medgar Evers College)
Services for Griffith, 43, will be held at Community Protestant Church, 1659 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. Viewing is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Griffith's fraternity, Omega, will hold a service at the church from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and the funeral will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are open to the public.
A special "Fund to Assist Loved Ones of Derrick Griffith" has been created at Indiegogo.com to help defray the family's costs. Its goal is to raise $30,000. Any additional funds collected will be used for scholarships in Griffith's memory.
The fundraising webpage described Griffith as a "beloved father, son, educator, and friend" and said "devastated" family, colleagues and students were planning services "that will honor and celebrate him."
Between 2003 and 2010 Griffith was founding principal of CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School, which helped thousands of young people earn high school equivalency diplomas and enter college. He was also executive director of Groundwork, Inc., a Brooklyn-based organization formed to support young people living in high-poverty urban communities.
He joined Medgar Evers College in 2011, serving the Brooklyn college in a number of senior administrative positions, most recently as Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. He was well known and highly respected as an exemplary educational leader.
At the time of his death May 12, Griffith had just been granted his Ph.D. in Urban Education by the CUNY Graduate Center. He was to graduate at the end of this month. He degree will be awarded posthumously.