A Brief Meeting

Before coming to American University, Bob Griffith was only someone I knew only from scholarship.  I used his work for my Master’s Thesis, and was so impressed that when I was applying to schools, he became the singular reason for me applying to American.  I was impressed that, as chair of his department, he always responded to my queries warmly and promptly.  He confirmed to me that American was a place that cared about its grad students.  When I met him in person, I was impressed by his humility, his humor, and his good nature.  I remember embarrassing him terribly when I introduced him to my wife and in-laws with the statement, “he’s the reason I came here.”  I only knew him briefly, but my respect for his life and work is immeasurable.

Peter Barker
AU History

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