Source: The New York Times, Obituary, November 24, 1951

Frederic J. Griffiths

F. J. Griffiths Dies; Drug Executive, 69

Frederic J. Grifflths, chairman of the board or the Pennsylvania Drug Company and secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Retail Drug Stores, died early yesterday morning in the United Hospital, Port Chester, N. Y., after a brief illness. He was 69 years old.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Griffiths entered the retail drug business there at the age of 16. Four years later he came to New York and went to work for the old Riker-Hegeman Company as a pharmacist.  In 1910, he joined the recently formed Pennsylvania Drug Company as a store manager.

Elected president of the company in 1927 Mr. Griffiths took a leave of absence in 1929 to become the first president of the United Cigar-Whelan Stores Corporation. He held this post for three years and then returned to the presidency of the Pennsylvania Drug Company. In 1946 he moved to the board chairmanship.

In 1933 Mr. Griffiths helped establish the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, which he served thereafter as secretary-treasurer. He was a member of the board of trustees of the College of Pharmacy of Columbia University; a director of the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education, and a Past Master of the Ocean Masonic Lodge of New York.

For many years a resident of Teaneck, N. J., Mr. Griffiths was its Mayor from 1921 to 1924. Later he moved to Westchester County, N. Y., and thence to Greenwich, Conn. At his death his home was on Lake Avenue, Greenwich.

In 1902 Mr. Griffiths married Grace Gould, who died in 1925. Two years later he married Julia Elizabeth Flynn, who survives, as does their daughter, Barbara Ann; also two sons by the first marriage, Joseph and Harry Griffiths, both officers of the Pennsylvania Drug Company, and two brothers, Norman Griffiths. Mayor of Madison, N. J., and a former member of the New Jersey Legislature, and Chester Griffiths.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in All Angels Protestant Episcopal Church, 251 West Eightieth Street, this city.


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