HARTFORD —— Alan Green, the former executive director of the Hartford Housing Authority, regarded for his influence over several key redevelopment projects, has died. He was 66.
Green resigned from his post in February, citing health reasons. He had been on leave at various times during his 4 ½ year tenure as head of the authority due to health issues, most recently in January.
He died Thursday morning, officials at the housing authority said.
Green grew up in Hartford public housing and over the past few years helped oversee the redevelopment of Dutch Point, Stowe Village and Charter Oak housing complexes. The authority also began demolition of Nelton Court, another major redevelopment project in the city.
Green worked as a lawyer and administrator of philanthropic organizations in Hartford and New Haven before he was hired as the agency's director in late 2007.
Annette Sanderson, who was named executive director of the authority earlier this month after serving on an interim basis, said Friday that Green sought to serve "the neediest of the needy."
"He was passionate about providing safe, decent and affordable housing to residents and protecting those people who are the most underprivileged in society. He reminded us on a daily basis that we were here to serve the neediest of the needy in our community. We're all very saddened at his passing."
In his letter of resignation Green noted that the authority had made "significant progress" in redeveloping its housing portfolio under his leadership.
"We have successfully completed the redevelopment of the former Stowe Village, and we began the redevelopment of Nelton Court," he wrote. "I am also proud to say that during my tenure [the] staff and I have made significant progress in restoring the public's faith in the authority, and in our mission to work with integrity in providing safe, decent and affordable housing to our community."
In addition to his wife, Green is survived by his daughters, Lea K. Green, a lawyer in New York, and Linnie Green Wright, a college professor in Boston; his son-in-law, Bruce C. T. Wright, a journalist in Boston; and a grandson, Wesley Alan Coleridge Wright.
A memorial will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregation Church, housing officials said.
The housing authority in February created a scholarship fund in Green's name.
The fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, where Green served as an associate director in the 1980s and early '90s, will offer two- and four-year scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Hartford. A preference will be given to students who have some connection to the authority.
Donations can be made payable to the Alan E. Green Scholarship Fund at HFPG, Inc. Contributions can be paid online at http://www.hfpg.org/donate or mailed to Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th floor, Hartford, CT 06106.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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