Martin Owen Greaney, Jr., MD
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Martin Owen Greaney, Jr. M.D., Commander, USN Retired Navy, formerly of Evansville passed away December 5, 2012 in Sacramento, CA. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Dr. Greaney was born September 15, 1921 in Los Angeles, CA. to Martin Owen Sr. and Merriam Ruveda (Kelly) Greaney. He was known to family and friends as "Pat" and lived his youth in Needles, CA. Pat was a starter on the Needles High School Mustangs Basketball Team that went to the California State Finals for small schools in 1939. He attended Loyola University of Los Angeles where he obtained a degree in biology. He played football, basketball, and baseball while attending Loyola. One the day of graduation from Loyola in 1943, Pat and the entire football team, went to the Los Angeles Police Academy and enlisted in the military. Pat chose the Navy. He was accepted to Creighton University as a Naval
Midshipman and pursued a medical degree. He graduated with a Medical Doctorate and was commissioned as officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Dr. Greaney's duty stations included Bethesda Naval Hospital, Naval Hospital Mare Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as CINCPACFLT Medical Officer, Treasure Island, CA., and the USS General AE Anderson as Medical Department Head. His ship participated in the Inchon Invasion and the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Chosin Reservoir. As the conclusion of the Korean War he was assigned to Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego. After the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, he was assigned to the U.S.S. General AE Anderson again to evacuate Vietnamese refugees to South Vietnam during the division of that country into North and South. His next assignment was at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake,CA. as Department Head of the Naval Hospital. He finished his tour in China Lake as Commanding Officer of the hospital. His final tour in the Navy was at the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory at the Naval Shipyard in San Francisco as the senior Medical Officer. Upon retirement from the Navy, Dr. Greaney went to work at Syntex Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA. At Syntex he developed tehfirst effective low dose estrogen birth control bill. In 1968, Dr. Greaney moved to Evansville, Indiana to work at Mead Johnson. He eventually retired from Bristol Myers where he was the Director of Medical Affairs.
Pat was an avid golfer and member of the Retired Military Golfers Association. He played in several Pro-Am golf tournaments with close friend, Bob Hamilton, He was a member of the Evansville Country Club and upon moving to California he became a member of the prestigious Olympic Club of San Francisco.
He is survived by his children: Martin Hobbs of Oroville, CA., Stephen, of San Diego, Michael, of Alexandria, VA., Patricia, Patrick, Kelly, Mary Ellen(Greaney)Muesterman, and John all of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Kelly Muesterman, Caitlin Muensterman, Maura Muensterman, Conor Greaney, and Juliana Greaney, all of Evansville, Brandt Womack of Oakridge, TN., and David Hobbs; nephews, Martin Virga, Anthony Virga, and Robert Virga.
Dr. Greaney was preceded in death by his parents, his only sister, Patricia Diane (Greaney) Virga, eldest daughter, Patricia Kathleen Womack, and youngest son, James Martin Greaney.
Dr. Greaney was buried in the military cemetery in Dixon, CA, with full military honors, including a 21 gun salute.
Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 until 6:30 P.M. on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street where a memorial service will be take place at 6:30 P.M.
Published in Courier Press on Dec. 13, 2012