terry_griffith_zps778916d6-5449478Very sad news … Terry L. Griffith, Oklahoma City historian and writer of three basic books on Oklahoma City’s history, died on Christmas Day 2014.

I never met Terry but his three Arcadia Publishing books have been a constantly used and reliable source of information about our city’s history. His obituary was published this morning in the Oklahoman:

Nov 8, 1961 – Dec 25, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Terry L Griffith, 53, of Oklahoma City, died Dec. 25, 2014, after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born Nov. 8, 1961, in Oklahoma City, a city he loved and had a passion for. He became a historian on his beloved city, with three published books on the subject. He worked as a barista for Starbucks, where his humor, charm, smiles and laughter will be missed. He is survived by his best friend, Stephen Spottedhorse; cousin, Johnny Hindman; and many loving friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Lee and Magnolia Griffith. Terry is gone from this life but never from our hearts. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

The three books mentioned in the above obituary are:

(1) Oklahoma City: Land Run to Statehood (Arcadia Publishing 1999).

(2) Oklahoma City: Statehood to 1930 (Arcadia Publishing 2000).

(3) Oklahoma City: 1930 to the Millennium (Arcadia Publishing 2000).

I reviewed these books in a much earlier post and no need exists to do so again.

God speed, Terry Griffith. You are missed, and you are thanked for your contributions to our city’s history.

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