Martha Grigg, communications director, dies at 78

Martha Grigg, a former director of employee communications for the Geico insurance company, died Feb. 22 at her home in Chevy Chase, Md. She was 78.

She had complications from uterine cancer, her husband, William Grigg, said.

After a brief early job at the old Washington Star newspaper, Mrs. Grigg began working at Geico in 1959 as an editorial assistant and later became publications editor. She started a monthly magazine and a company news bulletin before taking early retirement in 1976.

Martha Whitfield Livdahl was born in Norfolk to a Navy family. She completed high school at the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She was a 1955 English graduate of what is now Hollins University in Virginia.

For more than 25 years, Mrs. did volunteer fundraising for the House of Mercy, now known as the Rosemount Center, a charitable organization assisting unwed mothers.

She was a member of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, where she volunteered. She was a member of the National Press Club and helped organize dances for the Washington Assembly, a social group.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, William Grigg of Chevy Chase, and two stepsisters.

— Matt Schudel

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