In Memory

Catherine 'Kitty' Green

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07/17/10 02:25 PM #1    

Lee Brooks

From the Wake Forest University:  Gifts at Work Website:

Honoring Kitty Green ('74, MBA '82), a servant to others

WHEN CATHERINE ELIZABETH (Kitty) Green came to Winston-Salem as a student in 1970, she was determined to maintain the kind of academic excellence that helped her gain admission to Wake Forest in the first place. Throughout her college career, which culminated in her graduation cum laude with majors in history and philosophy and subsequent achievement as an MBA student at the Babcock School, she also cultivated a strong sense of gratitude.

After all, she could not have attended Wake Forest without a full scholarship. Her appreciation was so great, that service and generosity became an integral part of her rich and accomplished life, which was cut short by cancer at the age of 50 in November 2002.

Two new scholarships at Wake Forest commemorate her life and her spirit. One she created with her husband, Hobart Jones ('74, MBA '80), before her death, and BB&T has funded the other. Additional gifts in Green's memory, from her friends and former colleagues, have augmented both funds.

The Kitty Green and Hobart Jones College Scholarship was created to assist undergraduate students whose annual family income is less than the full cost of one year's attendance at Wake Forest. Currently, 156 Wake Forest students meet the scholarship's criterion, some four percent of the overall undergraduate enrollment of 4,005. The first Green-Jones Scholarship recipient is John I. Sanders ('07) of Blackstock, South Carolina. Like Green herself decades ago, John would be unable to attend Wake Forest without needed financial assistance.

Robert D. (Bob) Mills ('71, MBA '80), associate vice president for university advancement, has known Green and Jones since their college days and worked closely with them to structure the need-based scholarship. "Their testimonies about what Wake Forest and its people have meant to them," says Mills, "are among the most inspiring I have ever heard."

The Kitty Green Presidential Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2004-2005 on the basis of merit, exceptional talent, and leadership as part of the Presidential Scholarships for Distinguished Achievement program at Wake Forest. The fund was the impetus of three of Green's fellow alumni of the Leadership Winston-Salem Class of '92: Nigel D. Alston, director of employee/community relations at GMAC; J. D. Wilson ('69), CEO of Excalibur Enterprises; and Nancy N. Young ('67), director of corporate affairs at Sara Lee. All three call Green "a true leader" who was "always a servant to others."

Their efforts, along with those of Robert T. (Bob) Baker, assistant vice president and director of development, led to a $50,000 gift from BB&T. This has been increased by over $20,000 in additional gifts and pledges from nearly seventy different friends, former colleagues, and foundations.

Green's connection to BB&T has a noteworthy history. Her leadership was instrumental in the effort to lure Southern National Bank of Lumberton to Winston-Salem in the late 1980s. In order to make the move viable financially, Green helped secure some $140 million in deposits as an enticement, efforts that earned her the nickname the "$140 million woman." To a generation that grew up with the Six Million Dollar Man television series, this was high praise, indeed. Southern National later merged with BB&T.

Green's professional career represented stellar, and varied, achievement. She enjoyed unparalleled success in the business world, serving as a marketing representative and systems engineer with IBM, as vice president of Inmar Enterprises, as president of Carolina Manufacturer's Service, and as a private business consultant and executive leadership trainer.

Her volunteer service record was equally diverse. Green served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, on the Winston-Salem YWCA Board of Directors, and on the City County Planning Board of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. She also co-chaired the 2020 Vision project of the Futures Council of Winston-Salem, and co-founded the Association of Community Relations. After she and Jones moved near Charlottesville, Virginia, she served as a member of the area steering committee of the Fresh Air Fund and welcomed inner city kids from New York into her home.

At Wake Forest, Green sat on the Reynolds Scholarship Committee and on the Babcock Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors and Alumni Council, where her husband remains an active member. She was awarded the Judson D. DeRamus Award in 2002 by Wake Forest and the Babcock Graduate School of Management for outstanding alumni service.

Having made her mark on the business world, Green spent the last several years of her life in the classroom, teaching fourth- and fifth-graders in the Orange County Public Schools in rural Virginia, making a difference in the lives of young children.

The new scholarships bearing her name will carry on her memory and assure that she will continue to influence positively the lives of others far into the future.


Catherine Elizabeth Green


BARBOURSVILLE, VA. - "Kitty" Catherine Elizabeth Green
Dec. 19, 1951 - Nov. 18, 2002
Kitty Green, an Orange County school teacher, died Nov. 18, 2002, of ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband, Hobert Jones. Other survivors include a sister, Cindy Green Stone and brother-in-law James Stone and their children, Cathy, Matthew and Kelley Marie of South Carolina; a brother, David Hancock and sister-in-law Lea and their children, Kristel, David Jr. and Savannah of Florida; a sister, Julie Hancock Gordon and brother-in-law Richard Gordon and their son, Joey of Florida; a great-aunt, Nancy Saferight Hayes of South Carolina; a great-uncle, Lawrence Saferight, his wife, Estelle and his son, Jerry Saferight of North Carolina; and her stepfather, Richard Hancock of Florida. Survivors from her husband's family include her mother-in-law, Blondell Jones of North Carolina; a brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Vanessa Jones, their daughters, Amanda and Ashlee; and a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Denise Jones and their son, Sam. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at St. Isidore the Farmer Parish Church in Orange, Va. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to "The Kitty Green and Hobart Jones Scholarship Fund" at one of these schools: Wake Forest University, Wake Forest University Advancement Office, P.O. Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, (336) 758-5224; Orange County school system, Andy Hawkins, Treasurer, Orange County Educational Foundation, 437 Waugh Blvd. Orange, Va. 22960, (540) 661-4550; or Mary Baldwin College, Director of Planned Giving, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Va. 24402-9983, (540) 887-7011.

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