Margaret “Peg” Greene was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on 6 August 1917 and graduated from Parker High School in 1935. She then studied physical education at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) until 1939. She transferred to Appalachian State Teachers’ College in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated in 1940. Greene’s first job was as director of recreation in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she helped organize activities for soldiers at nearby Fort Bragg.
In August 1942, Greene joined the Red Cross. In the middle of training in Washington, D.C., Greene was sent overseas on a troop transport ship. She spent a short time in London before being assigned to the Red Cross club in Bristol, England, for six months and later Norwich, England, for another eighteen months. In Norwich, she was the program director and then the assistant director. After D-Day in June 1944, Greene went to France as director of a club in Cherbourg. She was then director of an officers’ club in Luxembourg for two months in early 1945 before going to Viviez, Belgium, as director of another club. Greene returned home in August 1945 and was assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland, where she trained Red Cross workers.
In 1946 Greene left the Red Cross and returned to the Woman’s College as a faculty member. She taught physical education until retiring in 1979. Peg Greene died on 28 September 2002.