WWII vet pursues doctorate he says he got over 60 years ago
DENVER (KDVR) – A US Navy World War II veteran says the University of Denver owes him a doctorate he says he got – almost.
Bill Greene is used to disappointment. He must have been a Navy pilot, but he was told he was color blind.
“I was totally kicked out. I couldn’t believe it, ”he recalls. He then became a Navy Seabee.
“Construction battalion. Mine was an electrician. I would climb the poles, ”said Greene.
After the war, Bill married the love of his life, Leona, and was married for 75 years. “She raised five of us: her husband and four children,” Greene said.
Greene became a teacher and holds a bachelor’s and two masters’ degrees from the University of Denver. He also pursued a doctorate in education.
He wanted to send a message to the dean: “Here is my doctorate, and I will put it in your coat sleeve.” That was it.”
Greene said he fulfilled his conditions for his doctorate in 1956, but the then dean told him he would never get it.
“He was bitter, he was divorced and he hated people,” Greene said.
Greene said he had been trying to get this degree for 60 years.
“When I start something, I want to finish it,” Greene said.
We contacted the University of Denver. They said Greene did not receive a doctorate from the AU because he simply did not qualify.
Greene is disappointed, but wise.
“It might be a bummer then,” Greene said, “but later on you do things that take away the bummer.”
One thing is certain: we are not disappointed with him.
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