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,
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.