Westminster has received the exciting news that four members of the John Findley Green family will attend the Green Foundation Lecture Thursday morning by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
No member of the Green family has attended a Green Lecture since the one given by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1992.
The Green Foundation Lecture was established from a generous gift by Eleanor I. Green in 1937 to honor the memory of her husband, John Findley Green, a St. Louis attorney who graduated from Westminster in 1884 and served on the Westminster Board of Trustees for 27 years.
When Sir Winston Churchill came to the College to give his famous Green Foundation Lecture, which became commonly known as the “Iron Curtain” speech, John R. Green II, the grandson of John Findley Green, who was a student at the time, presented Churchill with a Missouri rural landscape by famous Missouri painter Thomas Hart Benton. It was later donated back to the National Churchill Museum and is currently on display. Correspondence about the Churchill Green Lecture may also be viewed at the Museum.
One member of the Green family who will be in attendance, Frances Green, is 94 and attended the Churchill lecture with her father, Tom Vansant, who was President of the local Callaway Bank. Frances was married to the late John Raeburn Green (born in 1894). John Raeburn Green was famous for having argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and his involvement in U.S. government leadership, which included being legal drafting officer for the U.S. State Department and member legal secretary of the League of Nations.
John Findley Green II, who graduated from Westminster in 1975 and is a member of Phi Delta Theta, is the second member of the family who will attend the lecture, and he is the great-grandson of John Findley Green.
Kathleen Green Henry, who is the great-granddaughter of John Findley Green, is an attorney like her great-grandfather and still works at the law firm he started in 1901. At that time, the St. Louis law firm was known as Judson & Green Law Firm. Its name changed to Green, Hennings, and Henry when Kathleen’s father was a partner. Today, it is Great Rivers Environmental Law Firm and has become a nonprofit. She will be accompanied by her husband Robert Henry, who works for the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
The College is honored to have four members from the family that established this famous lecture series on campus for the lecture of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.