Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 12:42:14 :
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, December 31, 2001
James W. Griffith
by Ryan Kim
San Francisco -- James Willcox Griffith, a former San Francisco pharmaceutical executive, died Wednesday of a heart attack in San Rafael. He was 89.
Mr. Griffith was born in San Francisco, the grandson of one of San Francisco's pioneer families. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Griffith was employed in the oil industry before working in pharmaceuticals.
He later became CEO of Broemmel Pharmaceuticals Co. in San Francisco before selling the company to 3M, also known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.
A member of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club, Mr. Griffith also was a member of the Bohemian Club, San Francisco Golf Club, Family Club and Olympic Club.
Mr. Griffith was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Betty Broemmel. He is survived by daughters Lynn Dunne of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Sally Gallagher of San Francisco; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held at 4 p.m. today at 115 Spruce St., San Francisco. Donations may be made to the ornithology department at the California Academy of Sciences.
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