June 19, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—R. Thomas Green, Jr., a resident of Hudson, Ohio, received Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at the college’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27.

The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.

After his graduation in 1959, Green remained involved with Amherst, holding several class offices: co-secretary (1969-1974) and then president (1974-1979), followed by class agent (1987-1991). In 1984 he became the “member leader” of an effort to establish a Class of ’59 Professorship, an undertaking which was successfully completed at the Class’s 40th reunion in 1999. Since then, Green has been active on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, co-chairing the Cleveland Area Major Gifts division of The Amherst College Campaign.

In 1998 Green retired from his position as chairman, president and CEO of Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio. He is now chairman emeritus.

Green volunteers much of his time to both higher education and Episcopal Church endeavors. In addition to his connections with Amherst College, he is on the board of trustees for Hiram College, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Endowment Fund for Christ Episcopal Church in Hudson, Ohio. Green contributes to the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio in his capacity as chairman of the Audit Review Committee and co-chair of the Legacy Campaign, as well as his recently appointed position as co-chair of the Bishop’s Legacy Campaign.

Founded in 1821, Amherst College is consistently ranked one of the nation’s best colleges. Amherst enrolls 1,650 students from nearly every state and more than 40 other countries. Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 33 fields of study.