A highly respected Evangel faculty member, Dr. Joel Griffin, died Thursday from injuries suffered a week earlier in an automobile accident in Ozark.
Griffin was an associate professor of music and the director of jazz studies, a news release said.
He is survived by his wife, Kara, and three children, Sadie, Elam and Harper.
“It was with profound sorrow that I shared with the Evangel family today, our colleague and friend Dr. Joel Griffin has passed away,” Evangel President Carol Taylor, Ph.D., said in the release. “He was a gifted and beloved professor, colleague, mentor, and friend to many. Somehow, I imagine that his welcome to eternity included worship music offered via a heavenly jazz orchestra and the presentation of a new saxophone.”
In the music realm, Griffin was a saxophonist, composer and educator. He had been on the professional music scene since 1998 and served as the director of jazz studies at Evangel since 2012.
A native of southern Missouri, he held a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree in music theory from Missouri State University. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education with a research emphasis in jazz studies at Boston University.
In a story last winter upon completing his doctoral degree, Griffin was quick to say his success would not have been possible without the support of his family and his Evangel University colleagues, the release said.
“The biggest supporters are my lovely wife, Kara, and our three beautiful children,” Griffin said in that story.