Sunday, January 31, 2010

Beloved Colleague, Center Friend Dr. William Green Passes At 53

William C. GreenSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - William C. Green, an associate professor of political science at Cal State San Bernardino, died Monday, Jan. 25, following a sudden illness while on active duty in Germany with the United States Navy.

A commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve, he had been on leave from the university while serving in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility (CENTCOM AOR) on one-year mobilization orders.

Green, 53, who lived in Claremont, specialized in national security, comparative politics of Eurasia, and international relations. He was the recipient of the university's 2007-2008 Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching.

Upon receiving the award, it was noted that Green was chosen for being a "scholarly teacher" who had a research interest in the topics that he taught, and who continually enhanced his teaching with his deep and current understanding of the field.

Students who recommended him for the award described him as "outstanding in every way" and "a man of character and integrity." They said Green delivered his lectures with "remarkable clarity" and that he had "a good sense of humor." One of his students wrote, "Dr. Green is the best professor I've ever had."

Green taught more than 15 undergraduate and graduate courses on topics such as U.S. foreign policy, national security, intelligence, international relations, U.S. Naval strategy, Asian and European regional politics, and Asian and European regional security.

Green joined Cal State San Bernardino in September 1995 after having taught at Boston University and at the University of Southern California, where he obtained his bachelor's degree (Russian language and literature), master's degree (international relations) and doctorate (international relations).

He served as senior researcher at the Heritage Foundation, and he authored several books on the Soviet Union, the Russian military and nuclear weapons. In addition to his military service, he also served as election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during the 2004 national elections in Kazakhstan.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, and two children, Clark and Julia.

Service arrangements are pending. Details on funeral services will be provided as they become available.

Center Director's Statement: "We mourn the loss of this tremendous friend, humanitarian, military honoree and preeminent teacher who was always there for us. The grief from this devastating loss leaves me unable to recount the numerous achievements and acts of kindness he has undertaken here and around the world--a true renaissance man and gentleman. Our prayers go out to his beautiful family whom he loved very much. May God bless him, his family, and this wonderful country that he served so dutifully."

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