Signs of the Times - Honoring Art Greene
December 2000
In Memoriam: Honoring Art Greene
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"Arthur Calhoun Greene Jr., 71, of Charlottesville, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home.

He was born Aug. 1, 1929, the eldest son of the late Arthur C. Greene Sr. and Emma Ward Greene. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, William Greene and Raymond Greene.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Carvel Greene; three brothers, John Greene and his wife, Faye, David Greene and his wife, Dixie, and Russell Greene and his wife, Lynn; four sisters, Lois Faulconer and her husband, Tommy, Carolyn Snelson and her husband, William, Joyce Dunivan, and Doris Tuttle and her husband, Edward; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.

Art received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in 1951. After doing graduate work at the University of North Carolina, he attended the University of Virginia and received a master's degree in education there in 1959.

He was an educator his entire professional career. He taught at Louisa County High School from 1953 to 1958, at James Madison University in 1959-1960, and was instructor of drama at the University of Virginia from 1960 until his retirement in 1992.

During his years at the University, he also worked with the Virginia High School League and the School of Continuing Education.

While at the university, Art created more than 200 roles with the Department of Drama, the Virginia Players and the Heritage Repertory Theater. One of his most outstanding performances was as Willie Loman in 'Death of A Salesman.' He played Brady in 'Inherit the Wind' and appeared in 'The Caretaker,' 'The Homecoming' and 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.'

His most recent role was 'Guys and Dolls' in 1998. His roles with the Heritage Repertory Theater included 'Our Town,' 'The Drunkard,' 'Sabrina' and 'Sherlock Holmes.' In 1999, he played the part of God in a performance of 'Noye's Flood' at Emmanual Episcopal Church in Greenwood.

Art also had experience in out-door theater, performing in 'The Common Glory,' 'Horn in the West' and as John Ross in ''The Trail of Tears' in Talequah, Okla. He directed 'The Trail of Tears' from 1973 to 1976. He had extensive directing experience with the Department of Drama, directing more than 150 productions there, and with several outdoor dramas. He was active in the Community Children's Theater, the Charlottesville Light Opera and the Jefferson Community Theater.

He was a one-time member of the Southeastern Theater Conference, serving as president in 1977-1978; a member of the Virginia Speech and Drama Association, the Virginia Theater Conference, and the American Theater Association. He was chairman of the American College Theater Festival, Region 10, from 1976 to 1977.

In 1989, Art received the Raven Faculty Award from the Raven Society, of which he was a member. Other honors include the Suzanne Davis Award from the Southeastern Theater Conference and the Amoco Gold Medallion Award for Excellence from the American College Theater Festival. He was given the Outstanding Speech Educator Award from the National Federation of Interscholastic Speech and Debate Association in 1989. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Alliance for Arts Education of the JFK Center for the Performing Arts. He was recognized by the Seven Society at the time of his retirement. He worked extensively with the Piedmont Council of the Arts and was given their Individual Arts Award in 1998. He was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame in 1990.

Art was an active member of St. Paul's Memorial Church of Charlottesville, serving a number of terms as vestryman and senior warden. He will be remembered there, among other things, for his annual appearance as St. Nicholas every Christmas.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday [December 27th] at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont or the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Hill & Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements" (The Daily Progress, December, 2000).

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