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Margaret Greene Collection

Identifier: WV 0099

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 25 June 1999; poem written by Walter Mathau, dedicated to Red Cross workers; various photographs of Greene's Red Cross service, 1943-1944.


  • circa 1943-1999

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Margaret 'Peg' Greene (1917-2002), of Greenville, South Carolina, a member of the physical education faculty at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1946 to 1979, served in Europe during World War II as a member of the Red Cross.

Margaret 'Peg' Greene was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on 6 August 1917 and graduated from Parker High School in 1935. She then studied physical education at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) until 1939. She transferred to Appalachian State Teachers' College in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated in 1940. Greene's first job was as director of recreation in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she helped organize activities for soldiers at nearby Fort Bragg.

In August 1942, Greene joined the Red Cross. In the middle of training in Washington, D.C., Greene was sent overseas on a troop transport ship. She spent a short time in London before being assigned to the Red Cross club in Bristol, England, for six months and later Norwich, England, for another eighteen months. In Norwich, she was the program director and then the assistant director. After D-Day in June 1944, Greene went to France as director of a club in Cherbourg. She was then director of an officers' club in Luxembourg for two months in early 1945 before going to Viviez, Belgium, as director of another club.

Greene returned home in August 1945 and was assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland, where she trained Red Cross workers. In 1946 Greene left the Red Cross and returned to the Woman's College as a faculty member. She taught physical education until retiring in 1979. Peg Greene died on 28 September 2002.


0.21 Linear Feet (3 folders)

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Margaret Greene Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 May
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US