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In Memoriam: John E. Green III


John E. Green III John E. Green III

May 15, 2014 – John E. Green III (’70 B.S. in forestry and wildlife) of Steinhatchee, Fla., passed away Jan. 25, 2014, at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Betty Hamilton Green, two sons, and a daughter. Born in Norfolk, Va., Green attended Princess Anne High School before enrolling at Virginia Tech, where he became a member of Xi Sigma Pi, the forestry honor society, in 1969.

“John was an outstanding graduate, the type of individual that any program at Virginia Tech would take pride in claiming as a graduate,” said John Hosner, retired director of the School of Forestry and Wildlife, which later became the college.

Following graduation, Green served two years in the Army. Later, he earned a business management certificate from Florida State University, became a licensed professional captain through the U.S. Coast Guard, and held the position of director of the Florida Forestry Association for 11 years. Green owned Timberland Management & Investments and was also employed by The Buckeye Cellulose Corp., Procter & Gamble Cellulose Co., Foley Timber and Land Company, and Philip J. Moses & Company.

An exemplary outdoorsman, Green loved sailing most of all, often adventuring out in the open sea on his boat, “Journey.”

Green included the college in his will and had requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the college in order to start an undergraduate scholarship program in his memory. Contact Emily Hutchins at or 540-231-8859 for more information.

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