Jacquelyn Greene, 49, Western High teacher

June 02, 2000|By Mark Ribbing | Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF

Jacquelyn Ilene Greene, a Western High School business teacher who instructed students in topics ranging from global commerce to job-interview wardrobe selection, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of complications related to breast cancer and lupus. She was 49 and had lived in North Baltimore.

Mrs. Greene taught at several Baltimore-area schools during her career, developing an interest in business education. The American Federation of Teachers recognized her in 1995 for her work in establishing Western's international marketing curriculum, the first of its kind in Baltimore public schools.

Last year, Western's faculty voted Mrs. Greene the school's Teacher of the Year.

Colleagues remembered her as a devoted teacher willing to make sacrifices for the good of her students, even as cancer and lupus weakened her body. Joseph Bahr, head of Western's business department, said she would play down her ailments and return to school quickly after undergoing treatment.

"She never seemed to burn out. She always had that will to develop, to learn new things," Mr. Bahr said. "With most people, you get sick, you stay home, you get better. She couldn't do that. She had to come in."

Another Western teacher, Thelmarie Dawkins, said that each year, a promising business student would receive a scholarship -- $300 to $500 -- funded by Mrs. Greene.

Known to friends as Jackie, Mrs. Greene was born Jacquelyn Hopkins in Durham, N.C. Her family moved to Baltimore in 1960 when her father, an actuary, received a promotion.

After attending St. Katherine's School, Mrs. Greene graduated from Catholic High School of Baltimore in 1968. She received a bachelor's degree in business education from Morgan State College in 1974. She earned a master's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989.

She started her teaching career in 1978, working at a variety of area schools, including Northeast Middle School, Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School and Forest Park High School. She joined the staff at Western in 1983, leaving the school briefly when enrollment declined. During her two-year hiatus from Western, Mrs. Greene taught special-education students at Lombard Middle School.

Mrs. Greene was a parishioner at St. Matthew's Catholic Church and belonged to numerous organizations, including Future Business Leaders of America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Greene is survived by her husband, Baltimore City police Capt. Robert H. Greene Jr., whom she married in 1972; and their two children, Robert H. Greene III of Philadelphia and Barbra N. Greene of Baltimore, who will graduate from Western on Sunday.

Other survivors include Mrs. Greene's brother, Cervantes L. Hopkins, and her sister, Angela M. Forkiner, both of Baltimore.

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