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Jonathan Benjamin Greenberg (1928 - 2012)

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EASTHAM - Dr. Jonathan Benjamin Greenberg, 84, of Eastham, died Nov. 15 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis after a short illness.
Born Oct. 9, 1928, in New Rochelle, N.Y., he spent his career as a pathologist at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton from 1963 to 1990. He was the hospital's chief of pathology from 1972 through 1989.
A 1950 graduate of Yale University, Jonathan earned his M.D. from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1956. During his residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (then called the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston), he met Alice Stowe, then a registered nurse, who survives him. They were wed on Nov. 18, 1961, in Harrow, England, and were happily married three days shy of 51 years. She was at his bedside at the time of his death.
Jonathan served two years in the early 1960s as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at the South Ruislip Air Station, just outside London. He graduated from the prep Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in 1946.
Before moving to Care Cod upon his retirement - the family had been spending summer vacations there since 1968 - he and his family lived in Amherst from 1969 through 1996. He served as an Amherst Town Meeting member for numerous years. Before that, the family lived in South Hadley for six years.
Jonathan was a longtime member/supporter of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Physicians Fellowship, and early member of the Jewish Community of Amherst, the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Opera Association in New York, the Provincetown Coastal Studies, and the Shakespeare Oxford Society.
An avid amateur astronomer, Jonathan was also a member of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society. For years, he hosted gatherings at his house, where he taught adult students how and where to view the planets and stars above.
He was also a student of history, particularly of the Civil War, travel and wildlife. Jonathan and Alice, often accompanied by their family, traveled extensively throughout North and South America and Europe, visiting historical sites, museums and wildlife sanctuaries. He had a lifelong love of classical music and opera and was truly a renaissance man, as well as a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.
His beloved son, Steven, preceded him in death in 1981 at age 13, as did his sister Joan Freilich and her husband, Felix, his sister-in-law Edna (Stowe) Gioia and brother-in-law Michael Gioia.
Besides his wife, he leaves his sons David, of Eastham, and Daniel, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; his brother, Fred, and his wife, Shirley, of Durham, N.H.; nephews Claude Greenberg and his partner, Maria Jose Perez, of Milton, James Greenberg of Staatsburg, N.Y., Jonathan Freilich and his partner, Rod, of Cleveland, Joel Freilich and his wife, Louise, also of Cleveland, Ellen Freilich and her husband, Mark Pakman, of New York City, Jessica (Freilich) Slavin and her husband, Peter, of Cohasset, Kirk Henderosn and his wife, Adrienne, of Missoula, Mont., Heather (Henderson) Sharpe and her husband, Bill, of New York City, Robert Stowe and his wife, Diane, of West Roxbury, and John Stowe and his wife, Cindy, of Atkinson, N.H.,; as well as numerous other loving relatives.
At Jonathan's request, there will be no funeral. At a date to be determined, his ashes, along with those of his deceased son, Steven, will be scattered in the waters of Cape Cod Bay, where Jonathan loved to swim and sail. Around this time will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of this extraordinarily loving, intelligent, caring, compassionate, courageous man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Cod Hospital or the .
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 26, 2012
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