was born in New York City and grew up in Larchmont and Pound Ridge,
New York. He went to New Canaan High School where he was active
in many community activities including theater, fund raising for
Muscular Dystrophy, establishment of a teen center and Young Life.
He then matriculated at the University of California at San Diego
and graduated with distinction in Urban Planning.
He studied and learned and understood
He created and charmed and entertained
He was tenacious
He had unbelievable patience
His sense of humor seemed endless
His sense of irony was deep
From his early years Ian always had an interest in science, especially
astronomy where he was fascinated with black holes. He constantly
read and researched a broad range of subjects. While attending
the University of California, San Diego, Ian became a docent at
the Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla, California. He enjoyed sharing
his love and knowledge of marine life and taught both visitors
and docents alike to make educated observations.
Ian then went to San Diego State University in pursuit of his
doctorate in Geographical Information Systems. His illness interfered
with his ability to carry on with his studies and Ian returned
to San Francisco to be with his family. His keen interest in computer
technology provided Ian with the skills to offer Web site design
services and he quickly became everyone's personal consultant
on all things computer related. He also became an avid collector
of music and beautiful artworks.
Ian was a devoted and loving son and brother and a caring, generous
friend who never complained about his situation in life. A few
months before he died, he became interested in Celestis and downloaded
the information from its Web site. We talked about what a wonderful
concept it was and when Ian died unexpectedly soon we knew exactly
what he would have wanted us to do. In his journal written nine
years ago he left us a message concerning his wishes for his legacy:
"When I finally pass away, I hope I leave one of happiness
and hope. That the love I feel for those around me lives on much
longer [than] I do."
The pain of losing you is tempered by knowing that you
Pursue your soul's desire unencumbered by earthly bonds
Thank you Ian for sharing your precious life with us
The Parents of Ian Griffin