Trustee Spotlight: Gary Green
Northwood is fortunate that many graduates have been willing to serve the school for decades on its Board of Trustees. The school is truly appreciative of the service of Gary Green, who has been on our Board for 36 years.
Gary graduated from Northwood in 1955, later earning a Bachelor's degree from RPI in 1963 and a Master's from Wharton in 1969. He spent two years as an enlisted man in the 82nd Airborne, noting, "I acquired a more mature perspective and an understanding of the importance of service to our country." In his career, he has worked on major real estate developments and managed recreational community developments and several high-rise office structures.
He has been married for 58 years to his wife Avalin, with whom he has three children and six grandchildren. They live in Lynnfield, Mass. Interests beyond his work and family include furniture projects, two years at North Bennet Street School, and forty years as a ski instructor. In 1986, he became a trustee here, feeling that his diverse interests, love of the school, and specific knowledge in facilities development would be assets to Northwood. He remarked that "Northwood has always had an interest in finding a student's strengths." He also noted that "The school's location in the Adirondacks has positives; however, it is a long way from population centers."
He feels that one event in his life changed his focus in multiple ways: "In my early twenties, I fell off a ski lift and broke my back. I spent four weeks in the hospital and three or four more recovering. During that period, my brother and only sibling died."
Asked what advice he had for Northwood students, he responded, "Use this opportunity to broaden your experiences. Try new things. Enjoy fellow students from other countries and abroad."