From a contemporary press report:
Richard Stedman Green, 84, a member of the U.S. Public Health Service for 32 years before retiring in 1973 as its chief engineer and assistant surgeon general with the rank of rear admiral, died of a heart ailment October 19, 1998 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland.
He joined the PHS in 1941 and held posts in Maine, Seattle, and Alaska, in addition to Washington. Much of his career was devoted to water pollution control work, including four years as head of engineering programs for the Indian Health Services.
Mr. Green, who had lived in Bethesda for the last 41 years, was a native of Somerville, Massachusetts. He was a 1936 graduate of Harvard University, where he also received a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Before joining the PHS, he had been a field engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers in New England and worked for the Massachusetts Public Health Department. He also served for a time as as water purification superintendent of the Panama Canal Zone.
Mr. Green was a diplomat and a past president of the Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was a recipient of both the Public Health Service's Commendation Medal and its Distinguished Service Medal. His hobbies included woodworking and bee-keeping.
His wife of 33 years, Verona H. Green, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, John, of Seattle; two daughters, Anne Stevenson of Pittsburgh, and Judy Caleo of Hampstead, Md.; a sister, Thelma Blondin of Buzzards Bay, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.
GREEN, RICHARD STEDMAN
- ASST SUR GEN US PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/02/1914
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/19/1998
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2-A ROW 2 SITE 1
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
GREEN, RICHARD S.
REAR ADMIRAL, USPHS (Ret.)
On Monday, October 19, 1998, of Bethesda, MD, beloved husband of the late Verona H. Green; father of John C. Green, Anne G. Stevenson and Judith G. Caleo; grandfather of Bryan, Katherine, Sarah, Nicholas, Benjamin, Cassandra and Andrew; and brother of Thelma Blondin. A memorial service will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Thursday morning, November 12, 1998, at 9 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association for research, 839 Quince Orchard Boulevard, Suite E, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
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