Gerald Griffin, LA'60, MA'62

Dr. Gerald R. Griffin

Former Northeastern English professor, Dr. Gerald R. Griffin, LA'60, MA'62, credits the university with granting him an excellent education, a rewarding career, and a wonderful life. Gerald's interest in becoming an educator steered him to Northeastern, where a teaching assistant job gave him valuable classroom experience. After earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees at NU and, finally, his PhD in 1971 (UMass Amherst), he joined the university's faculty enjoying a successful 35-year career specializing in American and Irish literature.

In gratitude, Gerald and his wife, Jane, have designated a gift to Snell Library in their estate plan. "The library was my second home at Northeastern, maybe even my first," Gerald says. "I want our donation to help someone, as Northeastern helped me. The university introduced me to a whole new world. I've had such a great life because of my education."

Gerald and Jane's commitment will establish an endowment at Snell Library to fund the purchase of collections and materials that advance scholarly pursuits. "We wanted to give to an area at Northeastern that provides students with access to resources that help them through each step of their academic careers," says Gerald.