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Joseph D. Greene, Former Healthcare Georgia Foundation Board Member Dies


  Toni Almasy
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Joseph D. Greene, Founding Board Member and
Immediate Past Chairman Loses Long Battle with Cancer


Atlanta, Georgia – November 13, 2007 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced that one of its founding board members and Immediate Past Chairman, Joseph D. Greene, died last week after a long bout with cancer.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of Joseph Greene's battle with cancer and the loss of this gentle, caring and unselfish leader,” said Gary D. Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “We at the Healthcare Georgia Foundation will greatly miss him and will honor the significant legacy he left for all Georgians.”

Funeral services were held on Friday in Thomson, Georgia and Greene was buried at the Westview Cemetery in Thomson. He is survived by his wife, Barney; his daughter, Cathy; and his son, Joseph "David" Greene Jr.

About Joseph D. Greene
Joseph D. Greene came a long way from the cotton fields of rural Georgia. After establishing an impressive list of firsts – one of the first African Americans to graduate from a predominately white college, to be elected to public office in McDuffie County, to sit on the boards of several major organizations and to lead the state’s Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia – Joseph Greene was the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Board for Healthcare Georgia Foundation. A founding board member, Greene helped guide the Foundation from 1999-2006 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2006.

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: