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Frank Theodore Greene

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Frank Theodore Greene was born on 28 Aug 1904 in Kansas, the son of Jesse and Della Greene. He was the seventh of ten children, raised in Kansas City, KS. His siblings included: Mary, David, Eddie, Isaac, Lillie, Ruth, Bernice, Robert, and Charles. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1923 and received advanced credit for courses taken at the Bradley Institute, Peoria, Indiana, which he attended during 1923-1924.

On 09 Sep 1924, he entered K-State, following the general science course of study.

He lived in the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado, throughout his college education.

During the Aggie Orpheum in 1926, Phi Beta Sigma took second place with their entry "Hotsy Totsy Town," consisting of a series of jazz musical selections with Charleston dancing as a feature of the act. It was a close battle, requiring three rounds of voting before the judge could determine who received the loudest applause.

"This was a contest, held two consecutive nights in the college auditorium, at which campus organizations presented vaudeville acts competing for cash prizes. ... For our final number Mouse [Theodore Miller], Hey Hey, Frank Greene, and I [Frank Davis] danced the Charleston together and as encore I soloed. ...

He graduated from K-State on 31 May 1928 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science.

The 1930 census shows that he was a teacher at the Normal and Industrial Institute in Chesterfield county, Virginia, now Virginia State University. The Phi Beta Sigma history, Our Cause Speeds On, shows that he was still teaching there when it was published in 1957. He earned a Masters of Science from Iowa State College in 1932 and took classes at New York University.

Frank Greene organized both graduate and undergraduate chapters of Phi Beta Sigma at Virginia State College.

A Frank Greene, with a matching birth date, died in Sep of 1968. The Social Security Death Index does not list a last residence, but indicates that he was issued his SSN in New Jersey.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1924-1927
Royal Purple, 1925-1927
1910 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte County - Kansas City Ward 3 - District 162
1920 Census: Kansas - Wyandotte County - Kansas City Ward 3 - District 165
1930 Census: Virginia - Chesterfield County - Mataoaca - District 15
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, Kansas) 09 Mar 1926: "Wilson takes Orpheum prize"
Savage, W Sherman. Our Cause Speeds On (1957)
Davis, Frank Marshall. Livin' the Blues (1992)