Griffin Sean Madden was born on July 15th, 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his childhood, Griffin resided in many places; however, he spent the majority of his life in Basking Ridge, NJ from the age of 6 until he graduated Ridge High School in 2011.

During his time in NJ, Griffin explored many passions. He played competitive tennis from the age of 5 until his freshman year in high school. At the age of 15, he became a certified Crossfit coach along with his brother, Thomas, demonstrating his excellent leadership skills from such a young age.

He was educated and cultured. He was a world traveler. From 8th grade to senior year, he served as an ambassador for world peace via Dwight Eisenhower's People to People. Countries he visited during his ambassadorship included most of Eastern Europe, Russia, the Baltic nations, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia/New Zealand, and Fiji.

He grew up reading with his mother, Katy. They shared a nightly ritual where they read beside one another before bed. Griffin's nose was always glued to a good book. His love for literature manifested into an academic drive from his literature class during his junior year in high school, which eventually opened up the doors to the world of Russian literature, exploring iconic writers from Tolstoy to Dostoevsky and to Nabokov until the very end.

His academic drive had another significant turning point: his weekend stay at Columbia University as a prospectives applicant. He shadowed a Columbia student and audited his first ever Philosophy class. He walked away awed and curious, already a determined philosopher and thinker.

Griffin's father, Mike, who was living in San Francisco at the time, had the hopes of being closer to his son. Mike incepted the idea of applying to UC Berkeley. Griffin thought that it was a long shot, but he ended up on the waitlist. Fast forward to spring of 2011, Griffin was visiting his father in San Francisco. At this point of time, Griffin was finalizing his college decisions, with NYU as his first choice. During this short visit, California decided to keep Griffin --- he was accepted to UC Berkeley. In a heartbeat, Griffin embraced his future in the Golden State.

During his life in California, Griffin continued to expand his passions.

In 2015, he graduated with degrees in Philosophy and Slavic Literature and Language. He is remembered by his professors, mentors and colleagues as an exceptionally intelligent, "luminous" young scholar. The past two summers, he studied at Middlebury College to further immerse himself into the Russian Language.

From his first year at UC Berkeley, Griffin began working as an Usher Captain for Cal Performances. He quickly became an essential part of the Cal Performances community, dedicating many hours to his work. This year, Griffin was promoted as Audience Services Manager, where he continued to demonstrate his leadership skills and practiced dedication and hard work. His co-workers of many years will always remember his bright and warm smile even during stressful events, such as the Bernie Sanders' event. His work at Cal Performances was his pride and joy.

Griffin was also a very active member of the Bay Area artistic and underground music community. From a young age, Griffin's deep connection to music was evident. He spent many hours driving around NJ with friends and family, exploding with excitement as he blasted The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Cut Copy, M83, and many other fundamental bands in electronic music. As an aspiring DJ, Griffin and his sister, Shannon, joined forces and produced their own underground electronic music community: Tri Works, inspired by Moby Dick. He spent many hours hovering over his turntables, mastering technical mixing using only vinyl. He participated as a DJ for UC Berkeley's radio station, KALX. Through KALX, he discovered Cherushii's music. He was heavily inspired by her music as a fellow Bay Area musician. The two together have played at several successful dance parties, such as Tri Works and Run the Length Of Your Wildness.

Throughout his life, Griffin surrounded himself with brilliant, supportive, and amazing friends; one of them was David Cline. The two boys met during their first year at Cal as floormates in Clark Kerr, and their brotherly love grew over the years. Together, they made electronic music. To Griffin, music composition was his next big step as an artist. They spent many hours trying to figure out electronic devices that have existed longer than they have. Many days, Griffin felt like he accomplished little, but the struggles never stopped his ambitions and love for music. He never stopped chasing his dreams.

Griffin lived his life fully. His luminous intelligence and curiosity will continue to awe many. His genuine and kind heart will continue to guide us all. His love and passion for music inspires artists to never give up, to keep dancing, and to live forever.

List of Supporters

Anonymous Marina del Rey, CA
Rima Abousleiman Basking Ridge, NJ
Matt Abrams Astoria, NY
Laura Abrams Oakland, CA
Teresa Alba Fremont, CA
Mary Alexander San Francisco, CA
Marilyn Alford El Cerrito, CA
Janet Alpert El Cerrito, CA
Abigail Ameen Highlands Ranch, CO
John Ameen Highlands Ranch, CO
Sirly Soe Andino Ceiba, Honduras
Thomas-Anikst Family Santa Monica, CA
Gary Ansel Columbus, OH
Karianne Anthes Bernardsville, NJ
William Anthes Bernardsville, NJ
Julie Ash Newtown, PA
Thomas Ayala Chetumal, Mexico
Wallace Ayotte Hartland, MI
Rob Bailis San Francisco, CA
Danielle Balseiro Palm Coast, FL
John Balseiro Palm Coast, FL
Alexandra Banks Denver, CO
Liz Baqir Mirsky Oakland, CA
Frederique Bard Pacifica, CA
Israel Barrientos San Pedro, Belize
Catrinel Bartolomeu Brooklyn, NY
Dena Beard Oakland, CA
Sheryl Benjamin Lakewood, CO
Tara Bernal Kenosha, WI
Melissa Bernier Brooklyn, NY
Caroline Borolla Los Angeles, CA
William Boswell Palm City, FL
Susan Botwick Basking Ridge, NJ
Kevin Brannan Verona, NJ
Mikey Brannon Los Angeles, CA
Gretchen Brosius Oakland, CA
Bret Bruneman Dallas, TX
Victoria Bruno Mesa, AZ
Elizabeth Calderon Peten, Guatemala
Erasamo Caliz San Pedro, Belize
David Caliz San Pedro, Belize
Michele Callahan Morristown, NJ
Alexandra Caporusso Wayne, NJ
Felipe Carballo Managua, Nicaragua
Patricia Carney Basking Ridge, NJ
Michael Carpenter Berkeley, CA
Teri Irwin Carpenter Berkeley, CA
Bryan Lewis Carr Mountain View, CA
Steve Carr Mountain View, CA
Roberto Castillo San Pedro, Belize
On Pui Chan Tsuen Wan, China
Armando Chenyek Berkeley, CA
Joshua Cheon San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Chung Princeton, NJ
Bessie Citrin Oakland, CA
Lucas Cittone Highland Park, NJ
Andrew Clinco Los Angeles, CA
Sidney Cohen Pleasanton, CA
Julia Collins Oakland, CA
Peter Collins San Francisco, CA
Jodi Connors Basking Ridge, NJ
David Cooke Scottsdale, AZ
Gail Cooper Oakland, CA
Bridget Coyne West Palm Beach, FL
Robert Croce Stuart, FL
Raul Cruz San Pedro, Belize
Theresa Currie San Francisco, CA
Jody D'Agostini Basking Ridge, NJ
Jennifer Daly Frankfurt, Germany
Patrick D'Amico Center Valley, PA
Tonja Danowski Far Hills, NJ
Bernard Darland Hemlock, MI
Stephen David Hopewell, NJ
Kimberly Denney Leander, TX
Caitlin Denny Los Angeles, CA
Brad DerManouelian Madison, WI
Jacques Devaud Boulder, CO
Effie Dilworth and
Bill Hickman
Berkeley, CA
Robert Dixon Berkeley, CA
Dennis Donohoe Durham, NC
Dorsey Davis Family Merrill, MI
Tamara Dougherty Denver, CO
Hubert Dreyfus Berkeley, CA
Kathleen Dubois Warren, NJ
Michael Dugery Doylestown, PA
Amari Duncan San Pedro, Belize
Caroline Duncan San Pedro, Belize
Bernard Dvorak Denver, CO
Jill Dvorak Littleton, CO
Gay Eliason Kenosha, WI
Helmut Fallak Kenosha, WI
Juliana Fanning Denville, NJ
Timothy Farrell Rockford, IL
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Sharon Feeney Morris Plains, NJ
Vickie Feldstein Kentfield, CA
Susan Fenske Englewood, CO
Renee Fieldhouse Harvard, IL
Ellen Finch Belmont, CA
Brian Firth Yardley, PA
Kally Flores St. Ignacio, Belize
Katrina Flores St. Ignacio, Belize
Ben Forrest Menlo Park, CA
Susan Frankel and
Moshe Maler
Berkeley, CA
Chris Frederick Holmdel, NJ
Marta Friedman Oakland, CA
Melissa Fusco New York, NY
Charles Galatis Oakland, CA
Jessica Garten Portland, OR
Elaine Geffen Oakland, CA
Kevin Geisler Kenosha, WI
Holly Gera Morristown, NJ
Derek Giersch Morristown, NJ
Martha Gilmore Gillette, NJ
Hannah Ginsborg Oakland, CA
Cammeron Girvin Berkeley, CA
Frederic Godderis Los Altos, CA
Laura Goderez Oakland, CA
Gemma Gollrad Mill Valley, CA
Andrew Gordon Mission Viejo, CA
Elbert Greer San Pedro, Belize
Kristian Guerrero San Pedro, Belize
Shirley Guggenheimer Oakland, CA
Sandra Gutierrez San Pedro, Belize
Claire Haffner Lake Bluff, IL
Nicole Halawani Santa Barbara, CA
Bridget Hansen Chatham, NJ
Harbor Park Crossfit Kenosha, WI
Stacy Harrison Bernardsvillle, NJ
Mary Heisler Lehigh Acres, FL
Cadet A. Henderson Belmopan, Belize
David Herron San Francisco, CA
David Hesse San Pedro, Belize
Helene Hesse San Pedro, Belize
Stefaan Heylen Vosselaar, Belgium
Cristine Hilsinger Orinda, CA
Denise Hite Davie, FL
Lawrence Hofmann Los Altos, CA
Steve Holbrook Coral Springs, FL
Wesley Holliday Lafayette, CA
Julie Hooper Kensington, CA
Bonnie Hopkins Buffalo, NY
Nick Hopkins Buffalo, NY
George Hopkins Allentown, PA
Sharon Hughes Fremont, CA
Micheline Hujik Kenosha, WI
Catherine Ingal Basking Ridge, NJ
Madison Ingal Basking Ridge, NJ
Veronica Ingal Lancaster, PA
Blake Irvin Berlin, Germany
Gail Isermann Kenosha, WI
Maribé Jacard-Caploe El Cerrito, CA
Michael Jaff Newton, MA
Lars Janson Stuart, FL
Karen Jing Berkeley, CA
Rebecca Johnsen Bedminster, NJ
Bill Johnson Arvada, CO
Courtney Johnson Arvada, CO
Liam Johnson Arvada, CO
Quinn Johnson Arvada, CO
Katharina Kaiser Berkeley, CA
Eric Kaplan Long Beach, CA
Carol Karp Hillsborough, CA
Elie Kassab Oakland, CA
Marc Kate San Francisco, CA
Marie Keller Emeryville, CA
Brian Kiernan New York, NY
Gene Kinney Burlingame, CA
Michele Kirkby San Pedro, Belize
Brandon Knox Flemington, NJ
Noya Kohavi San Francisco, CA
Nicholas Kolodny Albany, CA
Nancy Kornfield Moraga, CA
Katelyn Kung Towaco, NJ
Lilah Lackney Oakland, CA
John Laird Davis, CA
Daniel Lang Northport, NY
Michelle Lass Chaska, MN
Karen Lassen Berkeley, CA
Brett Leader San Francisco, CA
Donna Leanna Kenosha, WI
Kathleen Lefevre Oakland, CA
Christopher Leibman Wellesley, MA
Tammy Leitsinger Lebanon, OH
Samuel Liang Far Hills, NJ
Samuel Lin San Pedro, Belize
Tsu-Hei Lin Fremont, CA
Jenny Lin Beijing, China
Raphael Lin San Pedro, Belize
Martha and Marcelo Lippmann Berkeley, CA
Jeremy Little Oakland, CA
Mary Liu Oakland, CA
Enchi Liu San Francisco, CA
Bart Lockward Bernardsville, NJ
Liz Lockward Bernardsville, NJ
John MacFarlane Berkeley, CA
Gilbert Madden Broomfield, CO
Katy Madden Kenosha, WI
Mike Madden San Pedro, Belize
Samantha Madden Somerville, MA
Shannon Sky Madden San Francisco, CA
Thomas Madden Parsippany, NJ
Nancy Mager Los Gatos, CA
Janice Mang Warren, FL
Rodney Marcy Denver, CA
Patricia Martin Berkeley, CA
Diane Martinelli Kenosha, WI
Aurora Martinez Peten, Guatemala
Craig McAllister Glen Ellen, CA
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Kevin McChesney Wayne, PA
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Jessica McGinn Morristown, NJ
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Mark McGuire Kenosha, WI
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Jane McLaughlin Centennial, CO
Katie McLaughlin Centennial, CO
Shiv Mehra Oakland, CA
Jason Merrill Middlebury, VT
Michael Metzger Morris Plains, NJ
Helen Meyer Berkeley, CA
Jeanette Meyers Federal Way, WA
Johanna Meza La Ceiba, Hondourus
Sofia Meza La Ceiba, Hondourus
Keren Meza La Ceiba, Hondourus
Dorothy Miao Berkeley, CA
Timothy Michael Furlong, PA
Alan Millar San Francisco, CA
Cameron Mitchell El Cerrito, CA
Eleanor Molinary Basking Ridge, NJ
Carlos Patricio Montejo San Pedro, Belize
Juan Carlos Montejo San Pedro, Belize
Robert Monti Summit, NJ
Diane Morabito Berkeley, CA
Susan Morano Basking Ridge, NJ
Carol Mottes Bernardsville, NJ
John Mottes Bernardsville, NJ
Elaine Murphy Dublin, Ireland
Steve Musolino Morristown, NJ
Eric Naiman Berkeley, CA
Stuart Najera Peten, Guatemala
Dalia Najera Peten, Guatemala
Jimmy Nalow Lakewood, CO
Paige Nalow Lakewood, CO
Parker Nalow Lakewood CO
Penelope Nalow Lakewood, CO
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Michelle Nelson Sacramento, CA
Brandon Nickell San Francisco, CA
Abel Nuqez San Pedro, Belize
Karla Nuqez San Pedro, Belize
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Kieran Olivia San Pedro, Belize
Kyle Olivia San Pedro, Belize
Karina Ontiveros San Rafael, CA
Keri Orellana Ceiba, Honduras
Lynn Oster Naples, FL
Christopher O'Toole Broomfield, CO
Ellie O'Toole Denver, CO
Julie Madden O'Toole Broomfield, CO
Shawn O'Toole Denver, CO
Zoey O'Toole Denver, CO
Marvin Pacheo San Pedro, Belize
Irina Paperno Berkeley, CA
Carrie Parikh Livingston, NJ
Dorianny Perez San Pedro, Belize
Lucilla Perez San Pedro, Belize
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Fernando Polanco San Pedro, Belize
Michael Pollack Montville, NJ
Kelli Ponce Kenosha, WI
Kimberly Powers Broomfield, CO
Virginia Preston Berkeley, CA
Russell Procopio Mount Laurel, NJ
Judith Pulera Kenosha, WI
Donna Rabin Berkeley, CA
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Michelle Radin Seminole, FL
Laura Railand Shorewood, WI
Marjorie Randolph San Francisco, CA
Mahmood Razavi Irvine, CA
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Thomas Reilly Berkeley, CA
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Carolyn Robertson Hinesburg, VT
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William Rodarmor Berkeley, CA
Campbell Rogers Portola Valley, CA
Olivia Ron Gurnee, IL
Nichole Rosanova San Francisco, CA
Edward Rosen Santa Ynez, CA
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Judith Simmons Tampa, FL
Chris Simpson Hillsdale, NJ
Karen Simpson Hillsdale, NJ
Roger Simpson Hillsdale, NJ
Patricia Singer Kenosha, WI
Conor Skea Basking Ridge, NJ
Kenneth Slavik Downingtown, PA
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Jack Springer Bethlehem, PA
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Stephen Sugarman Oakland, CA
Anie Summerland San Francisco, CA
Barbara Szudy Oakland, CA
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Julie Taylor San Francisco, CA
Neil Thomas San Francisco, CA
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Brian Tierney Grand Rapids, MI
Andre Torrez San Francisco, CA
Marina Tukhlina Cheboksary, Russia
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Laura Tun Family San Pedro, Belize
Tony Tuttle Hercules, CA
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Jonathan Wilkins Ashburn, VA
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Robert Wittock Clearwater, FL
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Amanda Wu Oakland, CA
Theresa Yost Parsippany, NJ
Eric Yuen Los Altos, CA
Christine Zamarra Bernardsville, NJ
Christopher Zarins Austin, TX

About the Fund

The Griffin Sean Madden Fund at the University of California, Berkeley will provide endowed scholarship support for undergraduate students enrolled in the Departments of Philosophy and Slavic Languages and Literatures, in addition to supporting Cal Performances' student usher program.

Griffin Sean Madden was a student at UC Berkeley, graduating with a double major in Philosophy, and Slavic Language and Literature in 2015, and from 2016 a full-time University employee at Cal Performances. He had enormous passion for his fields of study—Philosophy, and Slavic Language and Literature—and left a lasting impact on faculty and students in those departments. Beginning as an 18 year-old freshman, Griffin was a student usher at Cal Performances, and in 2016 won the full time position of Cal Performances Audience Services Associate. He was devoted to the mission, vision and values of Cal Performances and was much loved by the student and full-time staff and the patrons he served. Griffin was among five Berkeley students and staff to perish in a fire in Oakland on December 2, 2016. He is sorely missed.