The Very Reverend Victor Gilbert Benjamin Griffin (Dean Griffin) (24 May 1924 – 11 January 2017) was a noted Church of Ireland (Anglican) priest, theologian and author and a strongly liberal voice in Irish public life.
Born in Carnew, County Wicklow, Griffin was educated at Kilkenny College and Trinity College, Dublin, where he was elected a scholar and awarded the Luce, Bernard, Wray and Macren prizes for philosophy and metaphysical studies. He had a long and mutually satisfying relationship with Trinity in his years in ministry in Dublin.
He was married to Daphne who died from MS on 16 January 1998. They had twin sons Timothy ( died d 5 June 2012) and Kevin, both married and Griffin has five grandchildren.
He was first Prebendary of Howth in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (1962-1968) then Dean from 1969 until 1991  and when he completed his term he was regarded by some commentators as "the great Dean of the twentieth century."
Griffin's ministry in Dublin was characterised by an openness and inclusivity, a building of bridges to other traditions and he was among the first public figures to recognise the wider changes in Irish public life. Among the causes he adopted were: strong support for the Irish anti-apartheid campaign; his endorsement of, and canvassing for both Mary Robinson and David Norris (politician); trenchant opposition to the campaign for the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland; Tenth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 1986; and the campaign to preserve Liberties of Dublin and renovate the inner city.
He was the author of several books including:
- Anglican and Irish: What We Believe (1976)
- Mark of Protest (1993)
- Enough Religion to Make Us Hate (2002)
- A short catechism of basic Church teaching (2007)
- Interview in 2004
- 'GRIFFIN, Very Rev. Victor Gilbert Benjamin', Who's Who 2015, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, Oct 2014 accessed 19 Jan 2015
- https://www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/assets/pdfs/VictorGriffin.pdf[bare URL]
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
- Cathedral web-site
- https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/obituary-dean-victor-griffin-1.2936099[bare URL]
- http://www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/g/Griffin_V/life.htm[bare URL]
- British Library website accessed 09:03 GMT 19 January 2015
- 'Dedicated priest' Dean Victor Griffin dies aged 92
- Celebrated dean of St Patrick's Cathedral Victor Griffin dies
- Transcript of 2004 interview aired on ABC Radio