Don Greene in front of canoe

Don Greene fought to save bayous, rivers and the natural world

A Life on the Water

Don Greene — the lively outfitter who taught generations of Houstonians about canoes, kayaks and rafts, not to mention our underappreciated bayous — died Aug. 18, after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

He grew up playing on Brays Bayou, and was horrified to see it channelized and paved. In the 1960s, when a similar plan emerged for Buffalo Bayou, Greene joined Terry Hershey and other of Houston’s first environmental activists in a successful effort to protect it.

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