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GREEN, HOWARD WHIPPLE

GREEN, HOWARD WHIPPLE

GREEN, HOWARD WHIPPLE (25 Apr. 1893-8 July 1959), a statistician who studied population trends in Greater Cleveland for 30 years, was born in Woonsocket, R.I., to George Walter and Alice Judson Paine Whipple. He received his B.A. from Clark University, and attended Harvard University before receiving his B.S. from MIT. Green worked for H. Koppers Co. in Lorain; as a bacteriologist for the War Dept. in the Panama Canal Zone; and with the Rockefeller Fund on malaria control in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico before coming to Cleveland in 1923 as director of the Bureau of Statistics & Research of the Cuyahoga County Public Health Assoc., forerunner of the Cleveland Health Council. Beginning in 1925, he was secretary of that council for 34 years.

Green supervised the 1930 federal census in Cleveland, preparing, the following year for the Plain Dealer Publishing Co., Population Characteristics by Census Tracts, Cleveland, Ohio, breaking down census figures into smaller units, revealing trends that could not otherwise be discerned and allowing more efficient approaches to community health and welfare. In 1932 Green organized the nonprofit REAL PROPERTY INVENTORY OF METROPOLITAN CLEVELAND (RPI), serving as its director until his death. RPI furnished data on family units, housing, utilities, retail stores, and industry and became the model for similar organizations throughout the country. Beginning in 1933, Green circulated "A Sheet-a-Week" among several hundred subscribers, believing businesses could profit from government information if it were abbreviated and simplified. In later years Green was a consultant.

Green, a resident of CLEVELAND HTS., married Leona M. Thatcher on 30 Nov. 1919. They had two children: Patricia Anne and Howard Thatcher. Green was buried in LAKE VIEW CEMETERY.