The Stories They Tell

Green Williams

Green B. Williams III played hockey for the Tigers in the 1970’s. While you’ll find his name in the roster and in a few press releases from RIT, he wasn’t a standout hockey player. But if you ask his friends, he was one standout guy. And that’s where his legend at RIT begins.
According to his friend and roommate, Jeff Begoon, “Greeny was the nicest guy in the world- would give you the shirt off his back. He loved the ladies, loved his beer, loved to have a good time and he was just a great guy.” Williams graduated from RIT with a business degree. From there he went on to become a volunteer fireman, train to become a pilot in the US Air Force and open his own bar in his hometown of Amherst, MA., “Hanger One.” He joined the Air Force and was accepted into flight school in Columbus, Mississippi. Sadly, on March 21, 1984, with just a month left in his training, three months shy of his wedding and eight days shy of his 28th birthday, Williams was killed in a mid-air collision.
The loss had a huge impact on his family and RIT friends. “To this day, every time I seea jet stream I think of him” said his Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity brother, Jim Stanley. Williams’ friends and family wanted to do something to honor Green. His family started a scholarship in his name that is awarded to the RIT hockey player with the highest GPA. Green’s RIT teammates, Tom Keene and Jeff Begoon along with Jim Stanley wanted to do more. And with that, the drive to “Put a Green seat in the orange house”, as the campaign literature said, began. As you can see, they were successful in raising the money needed to get Green’s orange seat. A true testament to the bonds of friendship, teammates and brotherhood formed at RIT.

1973-1974 Roster
1974-75 team photograph
1976-77 season photograph
Green Williams, 1975
Phi Sigma Kappa photo
Reporter Magazine, January 17, 1975
RIT Sports News Release, March 8, 1976