Richmond lost a beloved citizen and author last week and The Times-Dispatch lost one of our favorite correspondents. Walter S. Griggs, 78, was born October 29, 1940. Richmond born and bred, Mr. Griggs was a staunch believer in the power of education. He earned his undergraduate degree and his juris doctor and master of humanities at the University of Richmond. He earned a Doctor of Education degree from the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Griggs taught for many years at John Tyler Community College before joining the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business. During his time at VCU, he served as department chairman and as the associate dean for undergraduate studies. After 45 years at VCU, he retired in 2016 and was awarded the title of professor emeritus.

Mr. Griggs was an avid writer. He wrote several books about the North American moose and seven on the history of Richmond, including a fascinating explanation and description of the tragic Church Hill Tunnel collapse in 1925.

He was also a frequent contributor to The Times-Dispatch. His wise thoughts and genial reflections on current and past events appeared many times in our op-ed columns, Faith and Values columns and in letters to the editor. His positive nature and love of Richmond, of humanity — and of moose — shined through in everything he submitted.

Between 2005 and February of this year, the RTD published more than 20 of his letters. He was named Correspondent of the Day five times and in 2016 was a runner up for Correspondent of the Year.

Walter Griggs passed away on June 30. He will be dearly missed.

— Robin Beres

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