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Oscar Griffin Jr.
Oscar O'Neal Griffin Jr.

(1933-04-28)April 28, 1933
DiedNovember 23, 2011(2011-11-23) (aged 78)
SpousePatricia Lamb Griffin (1955-2011 his death)
Awards1963 Pulitzer Prize
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1953-1955

Oscar O'Neal Griffin Jr. (April 28, 1933 – November 23, 2011) was an American journalist.

Early life and education

Griffin was born in Daisetta, Texas and obtained his degree from the University of Texas in 1958. In 1982, he completed Harvard Business School's executive education program for Owner/President Management (OPM).

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Griffin was the editor of the Pecos Independent and Enterprise. During his time here, he was a reporter and editor. Prior to that time, he served in the Army in the 1950s. After graduating from the University of Texas, he worked at a number of small newspapers before his stint at the Pecos, Texas Independent and Enterprise. In 1962, he began working for the Houston Chronicle, where he was responsible for covering the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Griffin was assistant director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. (1969-1974.) After coming back to Texas, he founded Griffin Well Service, an oil company in El Campo.[2]

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Pecos, Texas

Pecos, Texas

Pecos is the largest city in and the county seat of Reeves County, Texas, United States. It is in the valley on the west bank of the Pecos River at the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas and just south of New Mexico's border. Its population was 12,916 at the 2020 census. On January 24, 2012, Pecos City appeared on the Forbes 400 as the second-fastest growing small town in the United States. The city is a regional commercial center for ranching, oil and gas production, and agriculture. The city is most recognized for its association with the local cultivation of cantaloupes. Pecos claims to be the site of the world's first rodeo on July 4, 1883.

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas, United States. As of April 2016, it is the third-largest newspaper by Sunday circulation in the United States, behind only The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. With its 1995 buy-out of long-time rival the Houston Post, the Chronicle became Houston's newspaper of record.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia, commonly known as Washington or D.C., is the capital city and federal district of the United States. The city is located on the east bank of the Potomac River, which forms its southwestern border with Virginia, and it also borders Maryland to its north and east. The city was named for George Washington, a Founding Father, commanding general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States, and the district is named for Columbia, the female personification of the nation.

El Campo, Texas

El Campo, Texas

El Campo is a city in Wharton County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,350 at the 2020 Census, making it the largest city in Wharton County.

Awards and honors

Griffin won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting (No Edition Time), as editor at the Independent and Enterprise, for directing its investigation of the fraud scandal involving Billie Sol Estes in 1962.[7][8]


Griffin was married to the former Patricia Lamb for 56 years. Together they had three daughters and a son: Gwendolyn Pryor, Amanda Ward, Marguerite Horne, and Gregory Griffin. They also had seven grandchildren.


Griffin died in New Waverly, Texas where he lived, on November 23, 2011, at the age of 78, of cancer.[9]


  • Benavidez, Roy P.; Griffin, Oscar (1986). The three wars of Roy Benavidez. San Antonio, Texas: Corona Pub. Co. ISBN 0931722586. LCCN 86070715.

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  1. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C., eds. (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. p. 397. ISBN 1-57356-111-8. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  2. ^ a b "Oscar Griffin Jr. – Moody College of Communication". University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. ^ "Noted & Quoted - Alumni - Harvard Business School". Harvard Business School. March 1, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  4. ^ "Oscar O'Neal Griffin Jr. Obituary". The Courier of Montgomery County. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (December 10, 2011). "Oscar Griffin Jr., 78, Pulitzer Prize Winner Who Brought Down Scheming Texas Tycoon, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  6. ^ "Of note: Don DeVito, Oscar Griffin Jr., Gary Speed". The Washington Post. November 29, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  7. ^ "1963 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Griffin Jr., Oscar (March 1, 1962). "Tank transactions soar to $34 million". The Pecos Independent and Enterprise. Retrieved 2014-03-07. (Third in a series)
  9. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Oscar Griffin Jr., 78, Pulitzer Prize Winner Winner Who Brought Down Scheming Texas Tycoon, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
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