James Gordon Green, 74, owned construction firm

December 15, 2003

James Gordon Green, founder of Green Contracting Co. and Greenway Crane Rental Corp., died Dec. 7 of complications after surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 74.

Mr. Green was born in Baltimore and raised on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson. He was a 1946 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. He earned his bachelor's degree in business in 1952 from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Green began his career working for the Jack Lawrence Contracting Co. In 1959, he established Green Contracting Co., which specialized in building steam boiler plants.

After selling the company to his employees in 1979, he founded Greenway Crane Rental Co., a business he sold in 1987 to Williams Inc.

Mr. Green was a past president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and a past president of the Building Congress and Exchange.

He was also a member of the Maryland Board of Football Officials and officiated many high school games.

He was an avid reader of biographies and history, and he enjoyed touring cross-country in his motor home. He also liked skiing in New England and Colorado, and visiting New Mexico.

Mr. Green was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Community of Hunt Valley, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Mr. Green is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Barbara Thomas; two sons, Thomas H. Green of Edwards, Colo., and William G. Green of Baltimore; two daughters, Lindsay Carroll of Towson and Jennifer G. Arnott of Wayne, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren.

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