Charles H. Greene, 82, job placement agency owner

December 22, 2005

Charles H . Greene, a retired job placement agency owner, died of cancer Saturday a t t h e Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Otterbein resident was 82.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in Scranton, Pa., he enlisted in the Marine Corps during WorldWar II and took part in the Iwo Jima invasion and later the occupation of Japan.

After his discharge in 1946, he earned a degree at the University of Scranton. He worked in New York and New Jersey before going to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, where he worked for more than a decade with the Arabian American Oil Co. and Cities Service Co., later known as CITGO.

On his return from Middle East in 1961, he worked for Tom McCall & Associates, an executive search firm, and purchased the franchise for the Baltimore-Washington office. In 1962, he opened his business in the then new One Charles Center and was among its first tenants. He soldhis business in 2002.

He and his wife of 38 years, the former Bernadette Gillis, moved to Otterbein in June 1979 as participants in the dollar-house homesteading program.

They spent summer weekends in Dewey Beach, Del., where Mr.Greene was known as the unofficial mayor of St. Louis Street. He was a charter member of the Downtown Athletic Club. He was an avid runner who ran marathonsand races with his wife, including the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, S.C., which he completed last year. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame University football teams.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Roman Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St., where hewas a member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Shirley McKnight of Alexandria, Va.; sixnephews and a niece.

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