Robert E. Green, former president of Lux Bond & Green as well as Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, died Sept. 6 following a brief illness. He was 90.
Green’s eventful life included service as a staff sergeant in World War II, during which he received a combat infantry badge and two purple hearts. Following the army, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
After working for Standard Oil, he joined his family’s jewelry business, Lux Bond & Green, in 1947. He was named president in 1973 and chairman in 1992 and oversaw its expansion from two to seven locations.
Green was active in several industry associations and received numerous awards, including the Triple Zero award from the American Gem Society in 2005.
“Our father loved the jewelry and watch industry and was a mentor to many throughout the country,” said his sons Marc and John, who both work in the family business, in a statement. “We will all miss him.”
An avid gardener, boater, and bird-watcher, Green is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy G. Green; sons Marc and John; daughter Candace Krause; brother Richard; nine grandchildren; three stepchildren; and their spouses and families.