Ernestine Block Grigsby, University of Colorado, was born in Colorado on March 25, 1896. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1919, where she was initiated as a member of Theta Beta Chapter. In 1923, she married Joseph Dewey Grigsby, a Colorado state senator, and they had two children, Betty Jane and Robert.
From 1931 to 1934, Ernestine Grigsby served as Tri Delta’s director of panhellenics, and from 1934 to 1938, she was president. She was also deeply involved in the National Panhellenic Conference, serving as its chairman for a number of years.
In addition to her work with Tri Delta, Grigsby taught for many years in the Denver public schools; she also served as a regent of the University of Colorado from 1930 to 1936. Following a family move to the Washington, D.C. area, Grigsby served as the community organization director of the National Youth Administration from 1936 to 1938, later becoming an administrative assistant to the Agriculture Department, the War Production Board, and the Federal Security Agency. From 1938 to 1940, Grigsby was the secretary of the Women’s National Democratic Club. In 1956, Grigsby joined the Prince George County School Board in Maryland, serving as its vice president from 1960 to 1962. Grigsby also served as an adviser to Prince George Community College.
Ernestine Grigsby passed away on February 1, 1985 at the age of 88.