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Judson Green, Quincy native and longtime Disney executive dies

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QUINCY (WGEM) — Quincy native Judson "Jack" Chapin Green passed away at his home in Orlando, Florida, on Monday at the age of 68.

Judson Chapin Green

According to his obituary, Green died from complications related to a stem cell transplant. 

Green was born in Quincy on June 27th, 1952 and was the son of Jane and Judson C. Green, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Green; children, Jameson Green and Julie (Dan) Baumeister; grandchildren, Jackson and Jacob Kaiser, and Chapin Baumeister; sister, J'Ann (Mike) Humphrey.

Green's obituary stated that he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He played piano, starting at age 4, and french horn, aspiring and training through his college years to become a professional musician as a jazz pianist and composer.

You can learn more about Green's music career here and read about his music journey here.

Green graduated from Quincy High School (QHS) in 1971 and from DePauw University in 1974. He held a bachelor's degree majoring in Economics and minoring in music composition. He also received an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Green eventually worked almost 20 years with the Disney Company and became the President of The Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resorts around the world. Green then moved to Chicago and was the President and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation.

Green's obituary stated that philanthropy and giving back was important to Judson. As an alum of DePauw University he became heavily involved in supporting the school and its surrounding community of Greencastle, Indiana. In doing so, he and Joyce made a large donation to revitalize the DePauw School of Music and rebuild DePauw's Performing Arts Center. Judson also served as the chairman of DePauw's Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. In addition, Judson and Joyce were supporters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando, Florida.

Green last performed in Quincy for Joe Bonansinga's 90th birthday celebration, according to Kathi Dooley, former Director of Music at QHS.

You can read Green's obituary here.

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