ICYMI Enquirer: Tom Griswold, Remembered for His Kindness, Service

ICYMI Enquirer: Tom Griswold, Remembered for His Kindness, Service

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Enquirer: Tom Griswold, Remembered for His Kindness, Service

Sheila Vilvens, a Cincinnati Enquirer and Community Press reporter, wrote a touching tribute to Deer Park Board of Education member Tom Griswold. As a part of her research, she spoke with Coach Hank Estes who talked about Mr. Griswold’s involvement with students in the district.

Mr. Griswold was an enthusiastic figure in the history of public education in Deer Park. His fierce devotion to providing a quality education in Deer Park reflected his unshakable commitment to every child that walked through the doors of our schools. All of us honor his memory by continuing his passion for education.

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Tom Griswold, remembered for his kindness, service
By Sheila A. Vilvens
Cincinnati Enquirer
January 20, 2016

“Residents of Deer Park and Sycamore Township are mourning the loss of a caring and gentle person who dedicated his life to his community and children...

“Since 1957 Griswold was involved in Deer Park Schools either as a teacher, administrator, coach, athletic director or board of education member…

“Hank Estes, a retired teacher and longtime coach at Deer Park Schools, first met Griswold in 1959. He remembered him as a man who cared for children and their educational future...

“‘He loved kids. The best job he ever had was over at Amity with those little kids,’ Estes said. ‘He’s done all kinds of things for kids since he retired...

“Griswold was especially good at raising money. He helped the district raise more than $600,000 to install the new track at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School in the early 2000s, he said...

“Most recently, Griswold was working with others on the Pride in the Park Field Turf Campaign, in an effort to raise $700,000 to install synthetic turf on the junior/senior high school stadium field...

Ken Anders, a former president of the Deer Park Athletic Boosters and the Alumni Association, remembered Griswold as a ‘great guy…‘We did a lot of work together…’he said...
“His absence will be felt throughout the district because he regularly visited the schools...

“In addition to his 57 years of service to the children of Deer Park, Griswold served as a Sycamore Township trustee and administrator. He was active in both Kenwood Christian Church and Mount Healthy Christian Church, serving as an elder and board member for many years...

“‘Mr. Griswold was a blessing,’ Mount Healthy Christian Church Pastor Michael Doerr said…‘It’s a privilege to call Tom a friend and not just to be able to serve as his pastor...Everybody he met, they walked away laughing and smiling’…

“Griswold grew up in Hamilton and graduated from ‘Big Blue’ (Hamilton) in 1951. He went on to play football at Miami University. His college days were interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army. He returned to Miami and graduated in June 1957...He received his master’s in education from Xavier University...

“Griswold is survived by his wife, Diane, three children...and eight grandchildren…

“There will be a celebration of Griswold’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Deer Park Junior/Senior High School gymnasium, 8351 Plainfield Road. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, people can donate to the field turf campaign, link available on the district website, or to Mount Healthy Christian Church.”

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