Donald Ray Green

June 7, 1938July 7, 2015

Dr. Donald Ray Green, age 77, died at Memorial Hermann Southwest in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Born June 7, 1938, in Whitehouse, Texas, he lived in Houston, Texas and was recently retired from the Houston Community College System as a psychology professor for 25 years. In 1962, Dr. Green earned his bachelors degree from Fisk University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his masters degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1964 and received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Arizona State University in 1969.

One of Donald's favorite passions was for bonsai. His love for the art began when his daughter gave him his first bonsai tree approximately 15 years ago. Donald was an active member of the Houston Bonsai Society where he served as president from 2005 through 2008 and was the current the BCI Ambassador Chairman. During his years of doing bonsai, he had amassed over 200 trees and currently has 108 in his personal collection. Survivors include his wife Diane Green; daughter Donata Green of Atlanta, GA and son Michael Green of Katy, TX. Other surviving relatives include two grandchildren, Austin Green, Kynedi Stevens and one younger sister Mauvoylynne Blaylock of Dallas, TX. A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11th, at Levy Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet, Bellaire, Texas 77041. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the service and the reception at Levy Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are welcome. The family asks that flowers and plants be sent to Levy Funeral Directors at 4525 Bissonnet, Bellaire, Texas 77041. In lieu of plants or flowers a donation can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at


  • Memorial Serevice

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2015


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CC Nguyen

November 14, 2017

I just learned about this news - two years later. Dr. Donald Green is the reason I'm an adjunct at HCCS. He saws something in me that I didn't. He told me my passion is teaching. I didn't discover this until after agreeing to teach for him (he was the dean in 2002) for one semester. And, 15 years later, I'm still doing what I love.

No words can accurately capture my respect and admiration for Dr. Donald Green. He believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself.

Dr. Green, you've been a big part of my journey the past 15 years. I'm grateful our paths crossed.

Rossana Cromwell

October 16, 2015

I am shocked. I just found out today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I loved Donald and his lovely wife. I am so sad. What a wonderful man! The meetings will not be the same without him. I will be ready for a hug when we meet again dear friend!

Kathryn M Velasquez

September 2, 2015

Hello, Dear Green Family,
Dr Green is the reason I chose the field of Psychology, He was my first psychology professor at HCC. As I went on to get my Bachelors of Science in Psychology I often called Dr. Green for advise, I would jokingly say to him " When I grow up I want to be Just like you Dr. Green!" and he would reply " No Kathryn be better than me" (a hard task to accomplish) As I entered my Graduate program (HBU) I often thought about Dr. Green, I will Never forget him! He made such an impact on the lives of many of his students, myself included! I know he will cheer as I get my PhD. and say Well Kathryn you grew up to be just like me! May God Bless you all in your time of sorrow! I only wish I had been aware of his passing I would have attended his service! ( I just know he's in Heaven analyzing a few angles!)

Joanne Hsu

July 20, 2015

Don was my friend and colleague at HCC for over 24 years. So shocked to find out that he passed away on 7/7/2015. We always had nice conversations with laughter whenever we see each other. I am deeply grateful for his wisdom, kindness, dignity, and friendship over the years. You will be greatly missed, Don!

July 13, 2015

Dr. Donald Green, A fine Gentleman and Inspiring Instructor at Houston Community College SW.
I had the honor of working near Dr. Green for many years. His humble grace and respectful manner to all support staff was awesome. I am so proud to have known him and his legacy will live forever in his students. patti wooldridge

Charles Newton

July 12, 2015

Don was my first department chair at HCC and I have known him for 15 years. He was a great boss and great man... everything he did showed kindness, grace and strength. I have confidence I will see him again.

Harvey&Janet Wilson

July 11, 2015

Goodbye dear friend, you will be missed so very much.

Linda Whitney

July 11, 2015

Don's beautiful smile that warms the room is missed, but his spirit endures. God's peace be with you, Don.

Donna Dobberfuhl

July 11, 2015

I met Donald some years ago at a Bonsai event and I found him a gentle, steady soul and of kind heart. We reunited at a bonsai workshop a few weeks ago, I will miss him. To Donald's family..."As many fishes that are in the sea, are how many kinds wishes I give to thee."

Charles Ware

July 11, 2015

Donald was a calm, steady force with everything he seemed to be involved in. He was a joy to work with and will be missed.

Chuck Ware