Paul Green remembered as academic, politico and family man


Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune 

By Dominic Gwinn
Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, October 4, a somber memorial service was held for Roosevelt University Professor Paul Green, chair of Roosevelt’s Department the Political Science and Public Affairs. Friends and family closest to Green spoke candidly to a packed room comprised of loved ones and colleagues at Maggiano’s Little Italy, offering insight and compassion in a time of great loss.

“For my whole time at Roosevelt, Paul was a constant source of wisdom and insight,” remarked Mike Ensdorf, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Founder and Director of the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt. “I’m really going to miss him tremendously. It was a great tribute, a lovely tribute. It was just an honor hearing from his family and his colleagues, and confidants and comrades. It’s a complicated set of emotions when someone dies suddenly.”

Green, a staple in Chicago politics for decades, passed away suddenly at the age of 73 on Sept. 10. In remembering Green, his family and colleagues recalled their personal stories of Green and his family, ranging from his childhood, political ambitions, and academic life.

“It was perfectly suited for Paul Green,” commented LeeAnn Revis, a political science major. “The quips, the humor, the reverence for politics. It did him justice.”

It was announced at the memorial that the Chicago City Council had adopted a continuing resolution signed by Alderman Ed Burke and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in honor of Green.

“It was a lovely memorial, and to me it showcased the fact that Paul had a very big life, and was an intellectual,” said Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “That’s how we knew him at Roosevelt, but he was also a family man. He really lived the mission of community engagement with a democratic approach to the world.”

At this time there is speculation of a public memorial at Roosevelt late this semester, however, there no formal plans were available at press time.

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