Griffen was a driving force during his tenure on the team, serving as driver, coach and pit crew member for several years. He basically defined the team personality during that time, sharing his persistent smile, infectious enthusiasm, and perennially upbeat outlook on life. After graduating in 2004, Griffen was still a frequent visitor to team gatherings and was well on his way to becoming a skilled mentor while working on his engineering degree at Drexel University. Griffen’s younger brother Baxter is still on the team.
We ask that you please keep Baxter and the rest of Griffen’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
thanks for including the photo because although I don’t always recognize names, it is a jolt when you recognize the face, and it makes you realize how widespread this FIRST family is.
The family is in my prayers.
I always wanted to know what Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, would be like as a teenager… I found out when I met Griffen, and it was as wonderful as I ever thought it would be. I never thought it could hurt this much without something breaking.
For those of you who did meet him at any event, I’m glad, because you truly met someone amazing and special. I wish everyone could have met him. Please keep all of us, especially his family, in your hearts, because we need it so badly right now.
Griffen was one of the finest team members, one of the finest human beings, I have ever known. He did everything for 116, from being the mascot to being a member of the drive and pit crews. He always kept an upbeat attitude, even when not in robotics. I met him a year before I entered 116, and he was amazing even then. He was one of my first friends on the team, and a character I will always remember. This is truly a horrible event for many in Herndon, not just 116. He was also a member of the band, and a vibrant character there as well. Everyone knew him, everyone will remember him. http://www.invisiblerobot.com/robotics/robot_b58/p6056474.jpg