Robert W. Griffith, former dean of arts and humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park and chair of the history department at American University, died Jan. 25 of lymphoma. The Takoma Park resident was 70. "His prize-winning book on how political elites were intimidated by Joseph R. McCarthy, 'The Politics of Fear,' remains a compelling analysis of the dangers that fear and the quest for political power can have on our democratic system," said longtime friend David Thelen, who retired from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he taught history. "His important collection of documents, 'Major Problems in American History Since 1945,' is a classic."
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