Carl was born on September 7, 1932 in San Francisco, California, the first son of Hilding Reynold “Ray” and Louise Harriman Green. Ray was a Chief Commissary Steward in the Navy, and the young family moved often, including to Panama and Norfolk, Virginia. As a child, Carl often crooned himself to sleep, earning him the life-long nickname “Bing.” When Ray retired in 1945, they settled in Redondo Beach where Carl’s grandmother lived. Carl attended Redondo Union High School, lettering in football and tennis. He and Ruth were in the same church youth group and were also partners in Chemistry class; you could say they had a real chemistry! They were married on June 21, 1952 after a year of commuting between Santa Barbara and Hermosa Beach. They set up housekeeping in Santa Barbara and attended UCSB. Four children, a stint in the Army in Korea, and much love and laughter followed. Last year Ruth and Carl celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. Carl was initially interested in a printing career, but one of his instructors in his printing courses at Harbor CC encouraged him to get a college degree. Carl became a first-generation college student, receiving his B.A. in Industrial Arts from UCSB. Eventually he went on to earn his M.A. from CSULB and his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from USC. He was forever grateful for the GI Bill, which financed his education. Always a popular, but demanding, teacher at Aviation High School, Carl first taught print shop, then World History and Psychology. He also put his printing knowledge to work as the school yearbook advisor. Many of his students stayed in touch with him long after their graduation. With his good friend and colleague Bill Sanford, Carl wrote two textbooks, Basic Principles of American Government, and Psychology, a Way to Grow. In addition, they authored over 170 high-interest non-fiction books for reluctant readers. Carl passed away on December 5, 2019 in Lomita, California. He is survived by his wife Ruth, his brother Ken, his children Christopher, Leslie, Roxanne and Evan, and by his grandchildren Andrew, Rebecca, Melissa, Lauren, Bethany, Innis, Aaron, Evangeline and Valerie. We will miss his humor, his sharp intellect and his undying love for Ruth and for his family and friends.

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  1. Dr. Green was one of my favorite teacher’s in high school. It has been a pleasure to also know him as an adult having lunch with him and his wife. Sorry for your loss. Would it be possible to attend the service to say good by? Date and time was posted on the Avaition Fallen Falcon page but I don’t want to intrude, Kathleen Gerds

  2. To the family: I am so sorry for your loss.

    Dr. Green was more than my high school Humanities teacher.

    He was a good man, intense and passionate, who managed to convey to even this callow then-15-year-old a sense of what was important in this world. He was a good man. A good teacher. A good soul.

    My friend Kathy and I enjoyed seeing him in the last several years for lunch here and there, the last lunch being at his home.

    I often tell my daughters about the time my unenthusiastic, unimaginative & unimpressive “artifact” was unearthed at the Historic Dig at Manhattan Beach some time in the spring of 1973. Dr. Green stood over my group as it was unearthed — it was a sad specimen, cooked up the night before the dig, an impeachable breach of instruction & protocol. Dr. Green said to me, sadly but without umbrage, “Betsy, what will it take to motivate you?”

    Years later, at a reunion of sorts at the Civic Light Opera at what was once the Aviation High School Auditorium, I was able to answer Dr. Green. I recounted the anecdote of my Humanities failure(s), and I said “Forty years, Dr. Green. Forty years and two daughters.”

    May he rest in peace, and may those who served time under his tutelage be shining examples of being “the better for it.”

    Much love to you all, and my sincere condolences on your Very Great Loss,
    a former High School Student

    Betsy (then Carothers) Clancy

  3. Dr. Green is the reason I embarked on a lifelong adventure through literature, the humanities, and learning. His enthusiasm for and love of learning was so contagious and like Betsy, i fondly remember that archaelogical dig on the beach, unearthing my “artifact” and imagining the culture and heritage buried along with it. He was a tremendous teacher and mentor and the reason why i went to UCLA and into a special Humanities interdisciplinary program, eventually graduating cum laude with a degree in History. It is also where i met my husband, a graduate student at UCLA. Dr. Green would have gotten a kick out it since my husband is a cultural anthropologist and we embarked on a series of travels and adventures in Kenya, Nepal, Europe and the Philippines and lived in Washington, DC until only recently. Because of him and other wonderful teachers but especially Dr. Green, I so loved books of all kinds, fiction and nonfiction, and ended up as a journalist and literacy advocate and yes, that anthropologist is keeping me connected to an exploration of culture and humanity. How i wish i could have personally thanked him So, to his family, I thank you—for a lifetime of learning and an inspired beginning. We will miss him but know he is looking down on all of us. Few things are more special than a great teacher

  4. I will always fondly remember the 1972-73 Humanities class at Aviation High with Dr. Green and Ms. Schenk. They were an incredible team and made our learning experience so much fun. I will never forget my acting debut as I played Kate in their production of Taming of the Shrew! We might have been full of complaints with homework assignments, but this class was one I always looked forward to.
    Sincere condolences to family and friends of this outstanding teacher and mentor.

  5. Dr. Green’s Humanities class made you THINK, challenged you and when I later reflected back – I realized it was probably the best preparation for college level thinking. He and Ms. Schenk would banter in class and expect us to engage and participate in discussions that stretched our brains and thought processes. They were tough – but that challenge taught me how to apply what I learned. Trying to create a civilization is not easy – trust me on this. There was NO coddling but that just made us strive more. It was a tough class – no easy A and no skating. Learning to love challenges was all part of the adventure in this Humanities class. Thank you Dr. Green – my condolences to your family – treasure his memory.

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