Longtime Educator Receives Community Service Award

From WGIL radio:

Dr. D. Wayne Green is the recipient of the 2008 Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce’s Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award. It was given out at a luncheon in Galesburg Monday. Green currently serves on the Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees and worked on the Education Technology Center along with the Galesburg School District, CSC, and Knox College. His nomination letter says Green was also instrumental in the advent of the Gale Scholars program, which gives economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to attend college at no cost to them. Green was also a professor of physics at Knox College until 1989 and is currently a professor emeritus at the school.

From the Register-Mail:

A man who began his academic career 54 years ago is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award. The first hint that Dr. D. Wayne Green is unique was when, although he taught physics at Knox College for 35 years, he said, “I myself have become really interested in the learning process.”

He said his interest in learning came about after he retired from teaching, although he thought he had a thirst for knowledge while still teaching. Green said he wished he would have realized this earlier in life.

Green, who was presented the award at the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monday at Best Western Prairie Inn, told those in attendance that “I have been privileged indeed to participate in a learning institution even though I’m retired. That’s the best of all worlds.”