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Remembering Doug Green
 
 
Professor Doug Green, a highly respected and beloved member of the Saint Michael's Biology Department, passed away on Friday, March 18 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Doug joined the St. Mike�s faculty in 1987, initially as a member of the Computer Science Department; he later joined us in Biology. He had an enormous positive impact on our campus and our department, and will be missed. Doug�s life of service to the students of Saint Michael's College, and his deep dedication to his family - our friend and colleague Dr. Donna Bozzone and their daughters Samantha and Allison - were recognized at his funeral mass, held on Saturday March 26 in the Saint Michael's College Chapel.

A facebook tribute page has been set up, so please feel free to visit, connect with others, and share your feelings. Entries on the page show how fondly many remember their contact with Professor Doug Green over the years. Some excerpts from SMC students and alumni:
� Professor Green is by far the most compassionate, caring, and overall amazing professor.
� He was a wonderful professor and advisor and I'm very grateful to have known him.
� He has touched some many lives at SMC and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from, and with him.
� I have never in my life encountered an individual so deeply committed to his students.
� Dr. Green made a lasting impression on me with his kindness and willingness to go the extra mile to teach and mentor us all.
� He had the biggest heart and the most compassion of any teacher I have ever met.
� He instilled a passion for science into his students that is indescribable.
� He was a great professor with a lot of passion for what he was teaching.
� I'll never forget his smile and laugh!
� Someday I hope I can positively impact people's lives the way he did.
� He was one of the kindest, most caring, truly compassionate people I have ever met.
� Doug was an outstanding lecturer, scholar and human being.
� Prof. Green was one of the best of St. Mikes.
� Professor Green truly believed in his students, instilling a sense of confidence and excitement for learning that has motivated so many of his students to pursue their academic and life goals.
� He was an excellent teacher, and incredibly kind and humble. I feel very lucky to have been able to learn so much from him and I'm sure he will be greatly missed at St. Mike's
� His encouragement and positive attitude made him someone who was adored by all and a true inspiration to all of us who were lucky enough to know him.

Doug's obituary, published in the Burlington Free Press on March 21, 2011, follows...

DOUGLAS S. GREEN, HUNTINGTON - Douglas S. Green passed away peacefully in the Vermont Respite House on March 18, 2011, having faced several years of health challenges with dignity and grace. He was born Jan. 30, 1953 in New York City, and he grew up in Florida, Texas, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and finally San Diego, Calif. Doug graduated as valedictorian from Saint Augustine High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford University in 1975, and a Ph.D., also in biology, from Princeton University in 1980. Doug also earned a masters degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1986. Doug met his future wife, Donna Bozzone, in 1978 when she started her graduate work at Princeton. They married in 1982 and then gradually moved north living first in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. while Doug taught at Vassar and Donna completed her thesis. Next they moved to Massachusetts where Doug taught and studied at WPI and Donna did a post-doc at the Worcester Foundation. Finally in 1987, they made their last move and happily made their home in Vermont. Doug was a professor at Saint Michael's College, first in the computer science department and then in biology. Doug devoted his professional life to learning and teaching and was well respected and loved by his students and colleagues. He was even more devoted to his family. He has two daughters, Samantha was born in 1989 and Allison in 1993. No father was ever more over the moon about his children than Doug was about his daughters. Doug's life and the lives of his family, friends, students and colleagues were enriched by his many hobbies and interests: science fiction, gardening, wood-working, chess, astronomy, chess, puzzles of all kinds, biology, computer programming, robots, and especially playing guitar. An unrelentingly positive person, Doug remained a faithful fan of his San Diego Chargers and believed every season that they would win the Super Bowl "this year." In addition to his wife Donna, and daughters Samantha and Allison, Doug is survived by his father, Oscar of Prescott, Ariz.; his sister, Linda Ybarra of Aberdeen, Wash.; brother, Kenneth of Italy; and brother, Steven and his wife Michelle of San Diego, Calif. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, William Bozzone and his wife Janet and their children, Stephen and Laura. Finally, he leaves behind his "adopted" family, Frank Vella and Kathleen Verville and their children, Laura, Christopher, and Michael. Doug was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy (Harding) Green. Our family would like to thank the wonderful members of the Saint Michael's and Huntington communities for their care and help. Also, we are grateful for the gentle care that Doug received from Dr. Thomas Roland, Jeanne Sheehey, the VNA, and the angels at the Vermont Respite House.

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