JAMES EDWARD GRISWOLDJames Edward Griswold, 81, died Aug. 18, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C. He had been in assisted memory care and had recently been recovering from a fall and subsequent surgery to stabilize a leg fracture.
James Edward Griswold, 81, died Aug. 18, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C. He had been in assisted memory care and had recently been recovering from a fall and subsequent surgery to stabilize a leg fracture.
Jim was born in Anthony, Kan., Oct. 1, 1931, the only child of John and Thelma Griswold.
He attended Anthony High School and graduated in 1949. He then attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1953. He began his career at Cessna Aircraft, Military/Twin Division immediately after graduation. Following his ROTC commitment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, Jim returned to his career in aviation, working at Cessna Aircraft, Lear Jet, Aero Commander and Piper Aircraft through 1984. In 1985, he was one of the three co-founders of the kit plane manufacturer Questair, Inc. in Greensboro, N.C. Following the years at Questair, Jim worked at the Small Aircraft Directorate at the FAA in Kansas City, Mo., and at Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth. In 1989 Jim was the recipient of the August Raspet Award from the Experimental Aviation Association for outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Alumni award from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. He retired to Mesa Ariz.., and entered assisted care in Greensboro, N.C., in 2011. He was a brilliant mind, devoted to customers, an advocate for aviation and an immense influence in the aircraft community; he will be missed by many.
He married Rebecca J Griswold (Garvin) in 1953; together they has three children. He was remarried in 1982 to Helga Hausler.
He is survived by wife Helga, Rebecca Griswold, sons Doug (Peggy) Griswold of Wichita, Kan., Tom (Rosa) Griswold of Apollo Beach, Fla.;, daughter Lynette Griswold of Franklinville, N.C.; stepsons Greg (Ashley) Hausler, Stuart (Alicia)Hausler and Jason (Lisa) Hausler all of Greensboro, N.C.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his aunt Laverne Jelenik and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
FAMILY SERVICE: was held in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 21, 2013 with his ashes scattered at Kitty Hawk, N.C., the birthplace of aviation.
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