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Dr. Gaylord Greenfield


Dr. Gaylord Greenfield died May 28, 2000 of complications after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Greenfield was the co-founder and co-owner of Re/Max Southwest, and was recognized in Who's Who in Finance. Since its beginning in 1986, the business Greenfield founded with Bette Lemon and Jennifer Wang has grown to become the leading service in its area. He was an internationally exhibited artist. His mediums were photography, monoprints, acrylics, oils and airbrush. He liked to mix science and art. A series of his airbrush works, which he called "light sculptures," layered paint to achieve a translucent effect. Some of this "high-tech" artwork, supported by the Anthony Foundation, was selected for permanent exhibit in Paris.

Greenfield was born May 21, 1942, in Cortland, New York to Fredrick and Kathryn Greenfield. In the 1950s and '60s he sang and played bass with an upstate New York rock group. "Donnie and the Dukes' had a top 60 hit with a remake of "Tennessee Waltz." He enjoyed the jitterbug and doing Buddy Holly impressions. At Clarkson University, he was associate editor and cartoonist for his college humor magazine. He graduated in 1968 with a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in chemical engineering and mathematics. He worked for Conoco Chemicals in Ponca City, Okla., Saddlebrook, NJ, and Houston, TX, where he worked in Research and Development. Later, as Director of Strategic Planning, he was the impetus behind the building of the Chocolate Bayou Plant. He taught mathematics and business at Houston Baptist University, and was a real estate agent and broker at Re/Max. He coached a youth soccer team in Kingwood and managed the community youth swimming program. At his church he has served as a lay minister, and also was choir director at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ponca City, Okla. While he was fighting leukemia, he deeply enjoyed singing with the talented choir at St. Theresa's of Sugar Land.

e was preceeded in death by his parents and his brother Fredrick, and is survived by his wife Tina, and his children Heather Greenfield of Washington D.C. and Scott Greenfield of San Jose, CA. He is also survived by sisters Linda Van Steenburg and Beverly Berry, and step brothers Jerry Aldrich and James Aldrich and several nieces and nephews, all of New York.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 115 Seventh St., Sugar Land, TX.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of The Settegast-Kopf Co. at Sugar Land, 15015 Southwest Frwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478, (281) 565-5015, (281) 565-1075 fax.

 
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