CAROL MEDSGER GREEN
Family and friends mourn the sudden loss of our beloved Carol Medsger Green on February 14, 2014.
She was born in Riverhead, Long Island and raised there by her father Alton, who worked for RCA, and her mother Margaret, who taught piano and violin. During the Second World War she and her school friends collected scraps for the war effort and stood post on the beach searching for enemy aircraft that never appeared. After graduating from Brown University in 1952 she joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was eventually posted to the Rome Station as a reports officer, where she debriefed emigres from Eastern Europe in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. She was deeply patriotic and reveled in the opportunity to serve her country in one of the few front line positions available to women in the early Cold War.
After returning to Washington, DC, she met and married Donald Hugh Green. While raising their four children in the Washington area she continued her education and civic work. She pursued graduate degrees in gerontology at the University of Maryland and in theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary. She was an active volunteer with groups as diverse as the Republican Party, the Unitarian Church, and the Whitman Walker Clinic. She sang in the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church choir, took up fencing and Ancient Greek, and later in life joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She was spiritually and intellectually curious, strongly principled, and prone to malapropisms that delighted her family.
Carol is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Don; their four children, Michael Green, Meg Fink, Matthew Green, and Mark Green; their spouses Eileen Pennington, Kelly Fink, Jolyn Green, and Michael Rankin; by her 11 grandchildren; and by her beloved sister Mary.
A private Memorial Service was held at Joseph Gawler's & Sons. Should friends wish to make a memorial contribution, gifts may be made in Carol Green's name to the Levine School of Music or to Whitman-Walker Health, where our mother contributed her own time and support. She will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery and remembered forever in our hearts.