From Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana:
Greene, John F.
John Francis Greene (1868-1933), professor of classics, was born in Seekonk, Massachusetts, on April 13, 1868. He graduated from Brown in 1891 and the next fall was made an instructor in Greek, which he taught until 1894, when he asked to be assigned to the teaching of Latin. He received his master’s degree from Brown in 1901 and was named assistant professor of Roman literature and history in 1911. He spent his whole life at Brown in “pure teaching,” uninvolved in publication and research. His influence went far beyond the classroom, as he visited fraternity houses and dormitories and read and spoke to student groups. The Providence Evening Bulletin editorial the day after his death on February 7, 1933, read,
“For many years it was a tradition at Brown that no student’s education was complete unless he had taken a course or two under ‘Johnny’ Greene. Even engineers emerged from their mysterious building and still more arcane wrestlings with such factual foes as graphs, weight of materials and conservation of energy to sit beneath the warm sun of ‘Johnny’s’ beaming smile and learn that building better bridges or higher skyscrapers was a part not the whole of life.
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