SPOTLIGHT: Bessie Blount Griffin

“Why should I donate things I made,” she said, “and they’ll charge students to go and see them? No!”

“I’ll take them to schools, where the kids can hold them, touch them, I tell them, ‘You’re a part of history.’ ”

Bessie Blount Griffin was born in 1914 and passed away in 2009 at the age of 95. She is known for her physical therapy that gave wounded veterans alternative ways to perform activities of daily living. She is the inventor of the “Portable Receptacle Support” and a disposable cardboard emesis basin. Both of which are still used today.

Bessie became a forensic chief examiner in 1969 and was the first American woman to attend the Document Division of the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in London, England. She focused on becoming a handwriting analyst and began a consulting business for evidence examination in court cases. She became a nation-wide speaker where she would talk about her life’s work.

 An amazing inspiration to us all regardless of your specialty.

Updated: March 3, 2021 — 6:56 PM