Donald E. Green

Born: Mon., May 22, 1939
Died: Fri., Sep. 13, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 17, 2019
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

Graveside Service

4:00 PM Wed., Sep. 18, 2019
Location: Cedar Hill Cemetery

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Early Life

Donald E. Green was born on May 22, 1939, to Wrector “Rex” Green and Rose Alta Falls Green in Thayer, Kansas. He lived in Kansas with immediate and extended family members on a dairy and wheat farm until the age of ten. He moved with his family to New Raymer, Colorado, to continue with farming and ranching life.


Don graduated from New Raymer High School and then attended Ames Junior College in Sterling, CO, where he received his Associates Degree. He later graduated from Colorado State College with a B.S. in Geology and Geography, and then the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, with a M.A. in Geography and Earth Sciences. Don did graduate work at Harvard University, in Boston, MA, and then taught at the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth, NH. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Education, from Penn State University in 1984. He completed post-doctoral coursework at Penn State University for the World Health Organization. Dr. Green taught at Lock Haven University from 1969-2001; retiring as a full professor and University Emeriti.


Don served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, in the Force Recon, Intelligence Corps division. He was awarded the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged.

Educational and Professional Affiliations

Don was a life-long traveler and explorer, working with universities and organizations such as National Geographic and Quark Expeditions. He circled the globe numerous times in his professional and personal life. He was a member and/or officer of the following organizations:

o The National Council of Geographic Educators

o The Association of American Geographers

o The Pennsylvania Geographic Alliance and Geographical Society

o The Association of Overseas Educators

o Member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity

o The Lock Haven University Alpha Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars

o The Lock Haven University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Educators Honor Society

o The Lock Haven University coordinator of the Polish Exchange Program to the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland for several years, starting in 1982.

o The Lock Haven University Director of Elderhostel Programs for Polish and Jewish studies during the summers of 1995 and 1996

o The Lock Haven University Advisor to the Geography, Geology, and Karate Clubs

o The Lock Haven University Advisor to the Black Student Union Council for several years (charter member)

o The Lock Haven University Advisor to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity

o The Lock Haven University Chairman of the Department of Geography, Geology, and Earth Sciences for several years

o A two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to India (1985) and Argentina (1987).

o A Presenter and attendee at several state, regional, and national conferences of International Study Abroad programs

o A Pennsylvania Department of Education facilitators for geographic education for the northeastern PA region

o An annual moderator and judge for the local (Clinton County), state (Harrisburg), and national (Washington D.C. with Alex Trebek) Geography Bees

o A member of Mensa International


Personal Affiliations

Don was a member of Rotary Clubs in Lock Haven, PA and Pawleys Island, SC. He served as President of the Lock Haven Club. He was the Rotary Group Study Exchange Leader to Finland, in 1997, and he was the District Governor of #7370 in 1998-90. Don was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, signifying contributions to The Rotary Foundation, with the goal of protecting children from polio, fighting waterborne illnesses and creating safe environments for children. He was a four-diamond, major donor of the International Rotary Foundation. Don was a proud Masonic member of the Lafayette Blue Lodge of Lock Haven, and a 32nd degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Williamsport, PA. He also served as an officer and member of the Lock Haven Salvation Army Board and The United Way Board. Don was a past member of Faith Christian Church, Linden, PA and the United Church of Christ, Lock Haven, PA


Besides his family, Don was most proud of his two explorations to the North Pole aboard the Russian nuclear icebreakers (the Kapitan Khlebnikov, in 1996, and the Yamal, in 1997). While on expedition, he was able to swim at the geographic North Pole, making him one of very few who have ever done an authentic “Polar Plunge.” He was also proud that his explorations had taken him to all 5 Oceans and on all 7 Continents.


Left to cherish Don’s memory and legacy are his wife of 48 years, Linda M. Green, and daughter, Donnela Green-Johnson (Joshua), both living in Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter Ty Morris Burke (Doug) living in Lakewood, CO; his grandchildren: Kylie, Ryan, Rose, Nicholas, Erica, Connor, Donnilyn, Scarlett, Boston, and Jesse; brother, Dale Green of New Raymer, CO; sister-in-law, Rosalie Calandra (Wind Gap, PA); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Preceding Don in death, are his daughter, Nicolette (09/18/2018 in SC) and her son Otto Brown (06/06/2015 in PA); brothers Everette (Maxine) and Virgil (Kay); and sisters Evelyn (Ken) and Irene (Harry)


Don died peacefully on the morning of Friday, September 13th, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, SC, at Embrace Hospice House. 

Viewing and Burial

There will be a viewing held at Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC., 121 West Main Street, Lock Haven on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm. This is open to the all who wish to pay their respects. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 4:00pm in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Lamar Twp., Clinton County PA. with full military honors. 

Contributions and Acknowledgments

Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to:

Make-a-Wish Foundation, which was a blessing to the family during grandson Otto’s fight with Bone Cancer, in 2015

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the Embrace Hospice House staff of Myrtle Beach, SC, for their compassionate care and professionalism. Online thoughts and memories can be made at


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Rosalie J Calandra
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019

STRUCTURED DESIGN IN RED AND WHITE was sent by Rosalie Calandra.

With Deepest and Sincere Sympathy Rosalie,Paula,Joey,Jamie Calandra

Marilyn & Brad Murphy
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
May God be with you all, our thoughts are with you all
During this hard time. Wish we could all be with you.
Love you all, Rest in Peace Uncle Don, we Love you and
We look forward to being reunited with you soon.

Pamela Bridgens
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
He was my geography professor at LHU. He always made classes interesting and made us think outside the box. He will be missed.

Sharon Benner
   Posted Sun September 15, 2019
Linda, Donnela and Ty, Deepest sympathy from Howard and myself. We have fond Rotary memories of Don. I remember Don's year as District Governor in 98-99 and beyond. I still remember the kind words at Howard's Governor installation in 2001 at Front Street Station and the fun times we all had at District Conferences. Don had an extraordinary life and he will be missed by so many. May God Bless you and your families at this time and for always and may you feel his loving arms wrapped around you in your time of sorrow. Sharon and Howard

Linda Kibbe, '77 (LHSTC/LHU)
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. As a science major at LHU, I frequently saw Dr. Green in the halls of Ulmer.

art gray
   Posted Mon September 16, 2019
Don was one of the most interesting people I have ever met and he certainly lived an interesting life. He will be missed.

COL E.J. Irvin, II
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Green family - Ma’am, Donella, and family. My deepest condolences for the loss of a great man, husband, father, advisor, mentor, and friend. Dr. Green meant so much to so many, including me as he dedicated personal time to my professional development over the years. One of my finest moments was him attending my promotion ceremony to Lieutenant Colonel. Now as I am walking on hallowed ground in the Netherlands as a part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the 82nd Airborne Divisions liberation of Nijmegen, I remember these heroes as well as another one of my heroes, Dr. Donald Green. Thank you for your service, your mentorship, and your friendship. Until Fiddlers Green....

Jane Romanko
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Linda and family,
So sorry to read the sad news. Dr Green was one of the most interesting people I ever had
the opportunity to meet and travel with. He made the trip to Finnland with the Rotary Group Study Exchang program a possibility for me. It was a trip to remember and he is a person not easily forgotten. With sincere sympathy for your loss.

Gary M Peck
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Linda and family,
I am sorry for your loss. I got to know Don in Rotary and had great times with him and Linda. I remember Don as the “Fantastic” District Governor that he was. Peace be with him.

Doug and Cathy Winslow
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Doug and I are so very to hear of Don's passing. We will be in Myrtle Beach next week and were actually hoping to touch base with you and Don.
We can not imagine your loss. So very sorry.
Cathy and Doug

Alice Kissinger
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Roy, Andrew and I are saddened to hear of Don's passing. There was always a closeness between
the families Green and Kissinger that stemmed from honesty and friendship. People who are down to earth are difficult to find but there was deep value in our working together in Rotary for the benefit of humanity. (I can still feel the shivers when Don told us he'd plunged into the water at the Arctic Ocean as a rite of passage.) Donald Green, Past District Governor, is one of a kind. Linda, please share our sympathy with all members of your family. Alice Kissinger

Jeff & Cindy Coup
   Posted Wed September 18, 2019
Linda and Family, We are so sorry to learn of Don's passing. We all shared so many wonderful times because of our Rotary connection. Our prayers go out to all of you as we pause to reflect on another great Rotarian's service coming to an end.

Larry Flint
   Posted Wed September 18, 2019
Donella and family,

My condolences on your loss. Dr. Green was a great man and I know he will be missed by many.

Neil Benson
   Posted Fri September 20, 2019
Rest in Peace, my dear Rotary Friend! It was a pleasure knowing you. May the weight you have been carrying for so long be lifted now. Our prayers go out to the family as they deal with this loss. Sincerely, The Pawleys Island Rotary Club & Neil Benson.

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