Dr. Robert George Greene

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    - Joan Richardson


Dr. Robert George Greene, 87, of Montclair, died of heart failure on Friday, Nov. 2, in his home.

Memorial services will be held in the Bayberry Room at Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. He will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.

Born in New York City to Edward and Rose Greene and raised in Newark, Dr. Greene was a physician who rose to prominence in the New Jersey medical community. He had a private practice in Montclair for 42 years, retiring in 1997. He also served as president of the medical staff at Mountainside Hospital, and as director of its Department of Orthopedics.

Dr. Greene was the former president of both the N.J. Orthopaedic Society and Associated Physicians of Montclair and Vicinity. In 1997, he received a Lifetime Service Award from the N.J. Orthopaedic Society for contributions to orthopedic surgery, medicine and the community.

Dr. Greene earned a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College in 1943, graduating with cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors after two years. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine in 1947. He held internships at Lenox Hill Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital in New York, and then held residencies at Lenox Hill and at Children's Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Greene served two stints in the U.S. Navy. His first came during World War II, when he was stationed in the United States from 1943 to 1945. Five years later, he served another two years, assigned to a Marine casual company as a battle surgeon in Korea. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1952.

Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Greene held an orthopedic surgery residency rotation in Boston, working at Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Medical Center and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He was also a teaching fellow at Harvard University at the time. He was a longtime faculty member at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

He enjoyed golf, tennis, and swimming. As a hobby, he restored antique clocks, and was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

Dr. Greene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith Alper Greene; his daughter, Elizabeth Greene; his sons, Adam Greene, and Jay Greene and his wife, Rochelle Howe, and their two sons, Will and Sam; and his brother, Alan D. Greene.

Memorial gifts may be made in his honor to the Judith A. and Robert G. Greene M.D., Endowed Scholarship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The address is Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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