By CRA News Service
DELRAY BEACH – (Sept. 29) When some white teachers at Boca Raton Middle School didn’t want to deal with the rambunctious black students in their classes back in the 1970s, they would often send them down to the school’s library to see Gwendolyn H. Green.
The unofficial disciplinarian would order them back to classes after a stern admonishment.
“She was fantastic. She didn’t play,” recalled Vera Farrington, then a dean of students and a longtime friend of Mrs. Green. “She was very firm but fair. She treated them all good. Everybody liked her. Teachers got along with her.”
Mrs. Green, who retired from the Palm Beach County School District after 35 years, a former poll worker and community servant died at an area hospital on Thursday. She was 84.
Mrs. Green attended high school briefly in Delray Beach before returning to her native Bartow, where she completed her formal education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethune Cookman College and a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University.
She returned to Palm Beach County and was employed as a classroom teacher and later as a librarian. She retired in 1985.
In her retirement years, she became a fixture as a poll worker for the Supervisor of Elections office for many years.
Among her community affiliations were Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the local chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Albert; two daughters, Juanita Beckett of Boynton Beach and Alice Pace of Lake Worth; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and one nephew, Johnny Eason of Kissimmee.
A visitation will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 at St. Paul AME Church, 119 NW 5th Ave., Delray Beach. Services will follow at 11 a.m.