Jane Tilley Griffin, art historian

Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 6:59 PM

Jane T. Griffin, 84, an art history teacher who organized art history tours to Asia, died Nov. 18 at Manor Care, a nursing center in Bethesda. She had cancer.

Mrs. Griffin taught art history courses at the University of Maryland, George Washington University and Howard University from the 1960s to the 1990s. From 1981 to 2008, she led small group tours to several Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Jane Middleton Tilley was born in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Connecticut College in 1948 and received a master's degree in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in 1958.

In 1955, she received a Fulbright grant for study in Japan at Kyoto University.

Mrs. Griffin moved to the Washington region in 1945 and had been a Bethesda resident since the 1970s.

She was on the board of the Japan-America Society and was a past president of the Washington-Tokyo Women's Club.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Edward G. Griffin of Bethesda; a daughter, Sarah Evans of Bethesda; and a brother, Norman N. Tilley of Silver Spring.

- Lauren Wiseman

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