GREENE, Catherine Burks Age 68 of Nashville, died October 9, 2012 at her residence, surrounded by her family. Visitation Sunday, October 14th at 2 p.m., at West End United Methodist Church. Services at 3 p.m, with a reception to follow for friends at the family home. Born May 6, 1944 to James N. Rogers and Frances P. Rogers in Alexandria, VA. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her Masters of Education from Peabody College. Following in the footsteps of her maternal grandmother, Catherine felt there was no higher calling than being a teacher. She respected and loved her profession. She taught for the Metro Nashville Public Schools in Bellvue, Rose Park, Wharton, Carter Lawrence, and as an Adjunct Professor of Math at Vanderbilt University. She earned many awards and grants as a teacher, but was most proud of being nationally selected to represent Tennessee at a NASA space camp for teachers in Huntsville. Catherine was nationally selected as one of twenty-one NEWEST Award winners to attend the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There, she was trained like an astronaut, doing all they did, except go up in space. Later, Catherine was selected for another NASA program at Cal Tech, where she wrote lesson plans that were made available to all US science teachers regarding the Mars Rover, Sojourner. Catherine was blessed with many family and friends, all of whom loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her father: James N. Rogers, and is survived by her husband, William Otis "W.O." Greene III; sons, William Otis Greene IV and James Nottingham (Krista Jordan) Greene; grandson, Jordan Nottingham Greene; mother, Frances P. Rogers; sisters, Margaret P. Rogers and Elizabeth J. N. Rogers; sisters-in-law, Suelee Moores, Betty Greene, Kim Greene and Donna Greene; brothers-in-law, Ted Moores, Mike Greene, Nate Greene and Sam Greene; nieces, Libby, Caroline Greene and Andrea; and nephews, Nathaniel Greene and Aubrey Greene. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to pancreatic cancer research or the
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Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 13, 2012