Served faithfully at State institution 39 Years; Widely Honored
Dr. Lewis Frank Griffith, recognized as one of the leading alienists and psychiatrists in the United States, passed away at 5:35 o’clock yesterday evening at his home here. Dr. Griffith, who had been seriously ill for several months and whose death has seemed imminent more than once in that period died peacefully, being unconscious the last few hours. His immediate family and a sister, Mrs. Helen Giese of Portland, were with him when death stretched forth his hand.
Lewis Frank Griffith was born June 3, 1868 on the old Griffith homestead 12 miles east of Salem in the Waldo hills. He was the son of Lewis C. and Susan Margaret Griffith, early Oregon pioneers. His first schooling was in the little country school of his district, but he entered the Salem schools while still in the elementary grades. Later he was graduated from Willamette university and after that he taught school for a time in the Eldriedge school in Mission Bottom.
Devotion to Duty
Following his teaching experience he attended medical college at Knoxville university, Tenn. And was graduated form that institution with high honors. He was married 34 years ago to Julia Metschan, daughter of Phil Metschan, Sr. then state treasurer for Oregon. She survives him.
Upon returning to Salem from his medical studies 39 years ago, Dr. Griffith became connected with the staff of the Oregon state hospital for the insane, with which he had been connected ever since. For nearly a quarter of a century he served as assistant superintendent.
For over 25 years he served at the hospital without a vacation, being thoroughly devoted to his work for the wards of the hospital and it was largely due, his associates say, to his constant attention to duty that his physical breakdown came.