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Q: Birth & death dates & yr. of ballet teacher ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Birth & death dates & yr. of ballet teacher
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: bluestreak-ga
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Posted: 24 Nov 2002 08:12 PST
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Question ID: 113638
William Griffith taught the advanced ballet class at the Joffrey
ballet school in NYC(6th Ave. nr. 10th st.)in the '70's. I believe he
died of aids. I need his birth date & yr. AND death details. I can pay
$5.00. He had taught ballet all over the world.
Subject: Re: Birth & death dates & yr. of ballet teacher
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 07 Dec 2002 08:20 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi bluestreak-ga,

Thanks for your question. 

William Dunbar Griffith died on November 12, 1988 at the Cleveland
Clinic. Cause of death given by his executor was pneumonia. Age given
in the obituary was 60 years old.

According to the obituary, he was born in Brooklyn.

He trained as a concert pianist, but when he was 21, he switched to
ballet. He taught for the American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey,
Ballets USA and the Dance Theater of Harlem. His last position was
master teacher for the Cleveland Ballet.

"William Griffith Dies; Ballet Teacher Was 60." New York Times,
December 7, 1988, D24.

The social security death index (advanced search) william griffith,
death year: 1988 and month: November shows a William D. Griffith with
a date of death that corresponds to the obituary. The age would be 60
(Griffith died before his birthday).

DOB is 16 November 1927

Social Security Death Index

Search strategy:
Online Newspaper Database led me to the NY Times obit

I hope this answers your question. If you need additonal information,
please ask for clarification and I'll do my best to assist you.

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