by Edward Munoz, Coro Board President, by email
11 Oct, 2012 :: It is with shock, dismay, and the deepest sadness that I write to inform you that John Greenwood, President of Coro Southern California passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night. As the entire community of Coro alumni and friends know, John was a bulwark of Coro's tremendous contribution to the welfare of Southern California for more than three decades. He served as Executive Director working directly with Coro Founder Don Fletcher in the 1970s. He also served as a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education and had a very successful real estate business. In later years, John returned to his enduring passion, the mission of making our civic life better by stepping in to create a greater strategic direction for the Los Angeles Coro Center.
John's community involvement included his service as Chair of the City of Los Angeles Citizens Oversight Commission for Proposition Q. He was the founding President and a board member of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council. John also served as President of the Gang Alternatives Program and the San Pedro Rotary Club and as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Angels Gate Cultural Center.
Ever amiable, highly intelligent, and a man of great integrity, John will be missed sorely by all of us. I know your condolences will go out to his loving wife, Caren and beautiful daughter Elizabeth.
Carrie Lopez, our former Executive Director, has graciously agreed to assist as the Coro Board works to ensure as seamless a transition as possible to a new permanent executive director. We are fortunate that the momentum John has helped generate for the program will help sustain us through this period of change.
I know John would want us all not only to move on, but to move up from here. The best way we can honor this exceptional human being and fine public servant is to see his mission of a better polity and more constructive civic life realized.