Elliot, Green inducted into Wall of Honor
Note: This is the second of a five part series regarding the upcoming Parsons College Wall of Honor induction and All-Class Reunion weekend.
Ten distinguished student-alumni will be inducted into the Parsons College Wall of Honor during the fifth annual ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
This fifth annual induction ceremony also will include an All-Class Reunion Oct. 4-5, and, according to organizer David Neff, “the registrations are coming in at a rapid pace on track to eclipse the century mark of alumni and friends.”
Among the 10 people being inducted into the Wall of Honor are David Elliot and the late Edwin Green.
David Elliot graduated from Parsons College in 1964 and now resides in Palm City, Fla.
Elliot worked for ABC Television Network for 35 years. He held a series of positions in the network’s broadcast operations and engineering division as he climbed to vice president of engineering services, a position he held until retiring in 1997.
Elliot posted a number of achievements during his tenure with ABC and is most proud of: designing and developing the Television Mobile Unit 6, setting new industry standards for mobile production and communication; being appointed designer/project manager for construction of ABC Studios 57 and 59 in Hollywood, home of “Barney Miller” and “Welcome Back Kotter” shows; winning an Emmy award as director/supervisor of technical operations for ABC’s broadcast of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles; and winning a second Emmy for ABC’s broadcast of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.
Elliot also was recognized with election to a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers; served on several advisory committees and boards; and was a member of the executive committee of Advanced Television Systems Committee.
On the community front, after several years in the U.S. Army, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, later serving as assistant national commodore of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, responsible for overseeing the operations performed by 32,000 members of the auxiliary. His commendations include, Coast Guard Auxiliary Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Medal of Operational Merit and the 9/11 Medal.
From his years at Parsons College, Elliot vividly remembers his role as a debater and the team’s win in the prestigious International Competition with Cambridge University, proving the high caliber of Parsons students and faculty.
To this day, Elliot, who did post-graduate work at Columbia University, lauds praise upon the dedicated and innovative Parsons professors who changed his life and helped prepare him for life beyond academia.
Elliot is married to Anne and has a host of relatives. He will be presented to the Wall of Honor by his wife.
Edwin Everett Green graduated from Parsons College in 1949.
Green was an Iowa kid through and through and attended a one-room school house, but a trip to Europe later in life turned him and the state of Iowa toward a whole new sector of education.
While in Europe on a school administration tour, Green visited vocational technical schools in Germany. As a result of his findings, he, along with two others, put together a proposal for a vocational technical school program in Iowa. The intent was to provide education for individuals who were not interested or not able to go to a regular four-year college. They gained approval from the governor, and Green left his Jefferson County school superintendent job in 1966 and became instrumental in establishing Iowa Tech, Area XV, a 10-county vocational technical school, which later became Indian Hills Community College. He was named administrative assistant and business manager and held the post until moving up to dean/director of adult education and the GED program.
Green retired from Indian Hills in 1982 and turned his focus to farming, but continued teaching 55 Alive Driver Safety Program for senior citizens.
While at Parsons, he met and married his wife Kay. He continued his studies at Drake University and University of Iowa. He taught, coached and served as superintendent in a number of school districts including, Packwood, Frederica, Owasa and Fairfield.
Green holds the distinction of being the first-ever driver’s education instructor in Fairfield.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Jo Ellen Crowe, who will present him to the Wall of Honor.
Additional information regarding registration for the events of the weekend can be obtained by contacting Neff at 919-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about inductees William Bangham and Dorothy Bell was printed Wednesday in The Fairfield Ledger.