David Mark Griffiths died peacefully at home, February 17, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.
David was born May 7, 1938 in Neptune, New Jersey and attended college and graduate school at Swarthmore College, Columbia University and Cornell. He was an internationally-known specialist in 18th Century Russian history, and he taught Russian and European history for 39 years at UNC Chapel Hill. In the Carrboro-Chapel Hill area he took an active part in the community and in progressive politics. Among his many interests were gardening, traveling, birdwatching, opera, and lifelong collections of stamps and coins.
David died of complications of Parkinson’s disease. He leaves behind Karin, his wife of 47 years; a daughter, Kirsten Moeckel (Thorpe); son Mark Griffiths; three grandchildren, Sophie, William, and Ola; extended family members and a close circle of friends.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Donations in David’s name may be made to UNC Hospice, www.unchealth care.org/site/hospice.