Don Green's legacy lives on

After nearly 50 years in the classroom, Don Green has officially retired, but his positive influence in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering will continue — the Don Green Faculty Fellowship will see to that. The fellowship will be awarded to a faculty member in the department, based on dedication to classroom teaching and service to students.

Two former students championed the fellowship: Jason Canter, B.S. chemical engineering 1998, and Green’s son, Guy, M.S. environmental engineering 1991. Both serve on the department’s advisory board. As far as they’re concerned, Don Green has always been all about students.

“Don Green is the best example of what a teacher should be,” Canter said. “He’s a staple of the department for good reason.”

Guy Green said, “He always took time for his students. He’s very good at explaining complex problems in simple, easily understood terms.”

More than 160 donors have contributed to the fellowship fund, quickly raising it over the $100,000 level.

“I’m excited to see the fund grow so substantially in so little time,” Guy Green said. “This idea looks so obvious in retrospect. He’s admired and respected by faculty and students. So many people credit him as having an impact on their professional careers.”

Don Green, currently an emeritus distinguished professor, joined KU’s faculty in 1964. He served two stints as chair of the department. He has won the Honors for Outstanding Progressive Educator (HOPE) Award and the Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award.

“He’s told me that if he had to do it all over again, he would choose the same profession and the same university,” Guy Green said. “He loves what he does and has never wavered on that ideal.” 

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