Distinguished Professional Service Award- Gerald Dieter Griffin ’71 PHS

bggriffinRetired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin and Board of Advisors, Resurrecting Lives Foundation member was awarded the University of the Pacific Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award. The citation of the award is listed below.

Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin, whose military service to this country spans four decades, continues to serve this country through a scholarship to Pacific students and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in health care. Griffin became an Army medic after high school and enrolled at UC Berkeley as a German literature and zoology major. Having chosen the sciences as his calling, Griffin enrolled in Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program and graduated in 1971 before receiving a medical degree from the University of Juarez. He completed his residency in emergency medicine when he was nearly 42 years old. Griffin’s military career began August 24, 1968 and he retired after 41½ years of service. Griffin’s military medals include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal and many more. He proudly wears the Special Forces combat patch. Griffin is currently medical director of a hospice, and a researcher for a biotech company focusing on immunology, infection, TBI, PTSD and vaccine development. In addition to his service to our country and contributions to the field of medicine, Griffin has created a scholarship called “Camouflage to White Coat” for Pacific students who served in the military and are now in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He also teaches in entrepreneurship and innovation in health care.

Congratulations – General Griffin.