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WL Hadley Griffin, 79; was chairman of Brown Group Inc. lie By Bill Smith Of the Post-Dispatch W.L. Hadley Griffin, retired chairman of the board of Brown Group Inc. and a man whose love affair with St. Louis took him to the top of some of its most prestigious institutions, died Sunday at his home in west St. Louis County. He was 79. Death has been attributed to cancer. A national leader in the footwear industry, Mr. Griffin was elected president of Brown in 1968. He became chief executive officer a year later and took over the duties of board chairman in 1972. He retired in 1985, but continued to work closely with the company. Under his leadership, sales more than tripled to more than $1.4 billion and the company expanded beyond footwear. He was a life trustee of Washington University and served as chairman of the board of trustees from 1983 to 1988. He also served as a life trustee and president of the St. Louis Symphony Society. His leadership with the symphony is credited with helping boost the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to world-class prominence. Warren Shapleigh, retired president of Ralston Purina Co. and now president of the Spencer T. Olin Foundation, called Griffin "a very perceptive businessman with extremely strong people skills. He was just one of those unusual human beings who everybody liked and respected." A close personal friend, Shapleigh said St. Louis will miss Griffin sorely. "When the community needed help, Hadley was there," Shapleigh said. "He never said 'no', to anybody." B.A. "Dolph" Bridgewater, who succeeded Griffin at Brown Group, described Griffin as "a man of absolute integrity." "He was devoted to his family, the arts and the St. Louis community." A son, Dustin H. Griffin II of En-glewood, N.J., said his father was passionate about the symphony. "He deeply loved music for as long as I can remember," he said. "It was one of his great pleasures." Dustin Griffin also said his father had a strong commitment to higher education, especially to Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he received his undergraduate degree, and Washington University here where he received his law degree. His career in the footwear business spanned a half century. He joined Wohl Shoe Company in 1947 and took on ever-increasing company responsibilities after Wohl's merger with Brown in 1951. Mr. Griffin was chairman of the American Footwear Industries Association (now Footwear Industries of America) and served on the Industry Policy Advisory Committee to the special trade representative in connection with the "Tokyo Round" of multilateral trade negotiations. He was awarded the prestigious T. Kenyon Holly Award by the TwoTen Footwear Industry Foundation in 1983. Mr. Griffin also served terms on the boards of General American Life Insurance Co., Ralston Purina Co., Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., TW Services Inc. and Trans World Airlines. He was director and deputy chaii man of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1982 to 1983 and served as its chairman from 1983 to 1987. A former president of Civic Progress, he also served as chairman of the United Way of St. Louis in 1972 and president of the organization the following year. He was the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Man of the Year in 1973. A veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, Griffin also was an honorary member and former chairman of the Smithsonian National Board of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Survivors include his wife, Phoebe of West County; three sons, Dustin H. II in California, Peter B. of St. Louis, and L. Perry of Car-bondale, Colo.; a brother, Dustin H. Griffin of St. Louis; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Symphony Society. 1 For Rhodes credit card purchases only, subject to charge. Clearance items excluded 12 Off! 90" SOFA & LOVESEAT Everyday Low Price $1 199 $599 BOTH PIECES Only $21 Per Month" Semi-attached back Modu-coil construction - Includes 4 throw pillows Just $100 More Gets You The Queen Innerspring Sleep Sofa & Ioveseat $699 Chair and Ottoman $399 FREE Cokes! Snacks! Balloons! fsA" " JfeIlr! lwfcrHji r- mgm8l "it i, 1

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 11 Nov 1997, Tue,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 77

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