Former Fayette resident places winning bid on UIU auction of 1965 Mustang GT to fund military endowment
FAYETTE, Iowa (October 14, 2013) - Upper Iowa University completed the auction of a 1965 Mustang GT Saturday, October 12, during Homecoming. The winning bidder was former Fayette resident, Shawn Griffin, M.D., who now lives near Houston, Texas.
Proceeds from the auction are going toward the Military Family Services Fund endowment, which was established to honor the new UIU President, William R. Duffy II, by creating a way to support military students and their families. A graduate of West Point, Duffy served 20 years in the military before retiring as a lieutenant colonel and starting a career in higher education. He chose to endow the military family fund as part of his inauguration as the 21st president of UIU. Fundraising for the inauguration, which included the Mustang auction, has fully funded the endowment.
Griffin, who grew up in Fayette, is the son of Walt Griffin, UIU professor of American history for more than 20 years. The senior Griffin was chairman of the UIU History Department, faculty chairman, acting vice president for academic affairs, UIU tennis coach, and director of UIU off-campus programs.
The younger Griffin attended Fayette High School through its merger with North Fayette and graduated in 1986. Along the way he also took summer classes on the UIU campus, attended "Coach [Bill] Prochaska's basketball camps; rode my bicycle across country to Wadena, and I remember when the last train went through Fayette," Griffin recalled. "I used to fish in the Volga as a kid, learned to play golf at Big Rock, and remember when Upper Iowa played football at the old stadium by Robertson's woods."
Griffin completed medical school at the University of Iowa and is now part of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston.
"I found the auction while checking the UIU website for football team results one night. My wife and I have been involved in fundraising auctions for schools in the past so the auction caught my eye," Griffin said. "I love old cars and to have the opportunity to support military families, UIU, and get a cool old car was too much to miss."