William Richard “Dick” Green grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, where he was the youngest of 8 children. Dick was proud that he hailed from the same state that produced Frederick Verhoeff, the father of American ophthalmic pathology. While attending high school, he worked a paper route and was a short order cook. He also worked for a laundry service and caddied at a country club. He played the trombone in the high school band and center forward for the basketball team and sang tenor for a church. He received a full scholarship for Centre College, where he met his future wife, Janet Jones. Dick directed a band while at Centre College. He graduated in 1955 and then attended medical school at The University of Louisville. He led his fraternity's barbershop quartet to several awards. During Janet's final year at Centre College, Dick met the noted ophthalmologist Arthur Keeney, MD, who was influential in Dick's career. Dick completed an internship in internal medicine at The New England Medical Center Hospital of Tufts University. He attended postgraduate courses in ophthalmology at Harvard, the Howe Laboratory, and the Retina Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. He then completed a 2-year ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital and 2 years of work with Prof Ludwig K. Von Sallmann at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, trained under Elson B. Helwig at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and, importantly, completed a fellowship under the supervision of Lorenz Zimmerman, noted chief of Ophthalmic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He then completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Temple and became one of the first persons to be double boarded in ophthalmology and pathology. He was to become the incarnate link between these 2 fields.