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Founders Day event honors alumni


By Barbara Rea, news.wustl.edu

At the annual Founders Day gala Saturday, Nov. 3, six outstanding alumni and two exceptional friends will be honored for their dedication and service to Washington University.

This is the second part of a two-part story on Founders Day 2012; faculty honorees and speaker Robert Gates are profiled in the Oct. 29 Record.

Robert S. Brookings Awards

Nancy Green

Nancy Green’s philanthropy covers many interests and organizations, including the Preston M. Green Charitable Foundation, named in memory of her late husband and Washington University alumnus. After earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Preston Green joined Southwest Steel Supply Co., becoming president in 1955 and chairman of the board in 1957. Under Preston Green’s direction, the company became the leading steel processor in the Midwest. In 1990, he sold Southwest Steel to Hanwa American.

When he passed away in 2003, Preston Green provided $8 million to the university to support the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, which bears his name. An additional $5 million gift in 2010 supported the construction of Preston M. Green Hall. Nancy Green was present to make remarks at its dedication in 2011.

Nancy grew up on a farm in Troy, Mo., but moved to St. Louis and worked as a ballroom dancing teacher and also had a brief stint as a dental nurse. She supports the St. Louis chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association through its annual fashion show, as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Diamond Ball. She has modeled in charity fashion shows for the Variety Club, which supports programs for children with physical and mental disabilities. Furthermore, she has contributed to the Judevine Center for Autism’s Festival of Trees and to the Silver Ball fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

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Dean Ralph S. Quatrano and Nancy Green at the dedication of Preston M. Green Hall.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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