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Jeremy Green MD

Bellevue - Jeremy Raleigh Green, M.D., passed away peacefully on January 10 from a non-COVID related illness, just weeks shy of his 89th birthday. He was an extraordinary man who touched countless lives on many shores and in many ways and leaves behind a family who love him dearly.

Jeremy was born in Queenstown, South Africa to parents Frank "Dusty" and Ruth Green. Dusty settled in Queenstown, where he met Ruth, after stints in the British Royal Air Service and Navy, and after trying his hand at farming and hunting in southern Africa. That same sense of adventure and wanderlust burned bright in Jeremy. He began his medical studies at 16, became a physician at 21, and then set out to travel the world. He would practice medicine in England, Northern Ire-land, South Africa, Australia and, of course, the United States.

He met the love of his life, Elizabeth, a British nurse, when he was working at St. James hospital in London. They eloped between hospital shifts, and would be married for more than six decades, producing three sons and seven grandchildren.

While working in Melbourne, Australia, a former colleague invited Jeremy to join him in developing a new clinic in "some place called Green Bay." He and Elizabeth told themselves they'd go to Green Bay for "six months or so" before continuing on with their travels. But they fell in love with the city, and never left. He would serve on the staff of St. Vincent Hospital, St. Mary's and Bellin, as well as Prevea Clinic.

Throughout his life, he was passionate about giving back to the profession and community that had been "so good to him and his family." He was an active volunteer with the Medical Societies of Brown County and the State of Wisconsin, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens, the N.E.W. Community Clinic, and Scholarships Inc. He was a strong believer in the importance of higher education, and so he dedicated much time and energy to helping the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay become more vibrant and successful. He helped establish the UWGB Health Service and served as an advisor for both the health service and the College of Human Biology for many years. He even served as a team physician for the men's basketball and soccer teams.

He received numerous awards for service to his community and profession, from the UWGB Chancellor's Award for Lifetime Service to the State Medical Society's Physician-Citizen of the Year Award, and countless honors in between.

But he would have wished that we not dwell upon awards and honors because he insisted that his family was his most important honor and accomplishment. In fact, his favorite days with his family were those in which the kids and grandkids were all together in the backyard with the chaos of excitement and laughter that only happy children can create.

His colleagues in health care knew Jeremy as the "physician's physician." At the time of his retirement from active practice in May 2017, he was Wisconsin's longest serving physician, and had mentored countless doctors and nurses who hoped to emulate the extraordinary sense of compassion that was at the heart of his approach to health care.

While it is almost impossible to separate Jeremy from "Dr. Green," there were other sides to him that few people ever saw — and which endeared him to his family all the more. Few people knew, for example, that in his early years in America, he walked in solidarity with Martin Luther King Jr. —perhaps especially notable for a South African in those days. He deeply admired Winston Churchill, and read countless works about the Second World War. He was a passionate gardener and birder. In fact, he had such pride in his garden that he engaged in a battle of wits for years with the deer who would eat his precious hostas. In his youth in South Africa, he rode horses bareback through the hills around his home, swam in the local reservoir and even hitchhiked with pals up to Victoria Falls (in what is now called Zimbabwe).

His final days were spent comfortably in the Courtyard at Bellevue, often sur-rounded by family, and always comfortably cared for. His room was decorated with photographs of his family around the world, past and present, and some of the books by Kipling, Haggard and Bertram Mitford, that had filled him with wan-derlust, much as they had his father before him.

As the end drew near, he recounted stories from his Queenstown youth and the homes he knew as "19 Oaks" and "Whistler's Corner."

But most of all, he was comforted by the presence and the love of Elizabeth —that young British nurse he married between hospital shifts in London.

Jeremy is preceded in death by his sister Felicity "Flicka" Marshall and parents Frank "Dusty" and Ruth Green. In addition to Elizabeth, Jeremy is survived by sons Mark, Chris, and Adam and their wives Susan, Heidi and Karin. He is also survived by the grandchildren he was so proud of: Rachel Van Wey (Andrew), Anna Braddock (Nicholas) and Alexander; Peter and Emma (fiancé Ryan Galaz), Mattison and Andraya as well as his younger sister Virginia Green (Gordon Hart-ford) of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and his niece Alexandra Ritchie.

The family would like to thank Courtyard at Bellevue and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care in his last few months.

Funeral services for Jeremy Green will be private and limited to family due to COVID restrictions. Later this year, the Greens plan to celebrate his life with a ceremony that will be open to all friends and family, including his family and relatives around the world.

For those who wish to honor Jeremy further, the Green Family would invite them to make a gift in his name to either the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary or the N.E.W. Community Clinic.




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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 26, 2021
Dr. Green was our personal physician and friend for over 40 years. He knew us, knew our history, and always cared for our health and our feelings. We were so blessed! Our love to Elizabeth and family.
Arthur & Nancy Cohrs
Friend
January 20, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Dr Green was such a great physician and mentor to many. He will be greatly missed. Dr Green was a great inspiration to many.
Karla Krause
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January 18, 2021
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Cindy McCain
January 17, 2021
Sad news today! My physician of 45 years Dr. Jeremy Green passed away. He was so caring to me from my early days in Green Bay. He was our team physician for the basketball team at The University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I am thankful and blessed that he cared for me through my illnesses and always made me feel special. May He Rest In Peace! Please accept my deepest sympathy! My thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth, Mark, Chris, Adam, and the family!
Steven Anthony Taylor
Friend
January 16, 2021
Dr.Green was our Dr. From the day he opened practice . A most caring and wonderful man and physician. We are so grateful that we were privileged enough to call ourselves his patients. He joins Dr. Lynn and all those wonderful clinic Drs. Thank you for picking your life’s work to care for all of us.
Jacqueline Fisher
Acquaintance
January 15, 2021
Many decades ago, when I was a student at Bellin hospital, I had the pleasure of professional consultation. Dr. Green was a mentor to me. I will always have the highest regard and appreciation for the time awarded to me. My condolences to his family.
PAUL PYTLAK
Teacher
January 15, 2021
My deepest condolences to Dr. Green's loved ones. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Green many years ago when I was a nurse at St. Vincent's. He was a brilliant physician who shared his knowledge, compassion and kindness with everyone.
Louise Seroogy
Coworker
January 15, 2021
Dr. Green was my doctor from 1970 up to the time of his retirement. He was a wonderful doctor and a wonderful person!! He was my friend!! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family!!
Ed Langin
Friend
January 15, 2021
Dr. Green was my physician for many, many years. He was the most kind, trustworthy person I have ever met. I was privileged to have known him for forty years and will greatly miss him. God bless Dr. Green and his family.
Casey Zakowski
Friend
January 15, 2021
Dear Elizabeth and family,
My deepest sympathy. I do share your grief , yet I feel so fortunate that Jeremy was part of our lives as our primary Physician and friend for over 40 years. Ganga and I felt always safe , after all , Jeremy was in charge of our health!
Jeremy was caring and reassuring, but also strict when needed.
I treasure the compassionate speech Jeremy gave at Ganga's Celebration of Life and all our happy Get Togethers with Jeremy and Elizabeth at UWGB
events.
Jeremy , you are missed .... we admired you. Farewell.
Elizabeth Nair




Elizabeth Nair
Friend
January 15, 2021
Jeremy Green was an absolutely wonderful man and his passing is a loss to not only his family, but the entire community. He was kind, caring, compassionate, and very involved in making the world a better place for all of us. He will be greatly missed.
Terry Eckstein
Neighbor
January 14, 2021
Jeremy was my doctor, my" primary physician", for 50 years in Green Bay. As a physician he was always well informed, wise, kind and concerned, someone I also considered a friend. I will be forever grateful for all he did for me as a physician, making my annual physicals an event I actually enjoyed.
Bob VandenBurgt
January 14, 2021
I first met Dr. Green in 1967 at the Webster Clinic next to St. Vincent Hospital. The clinic was the genesis of what we now know as the huge Prevea Clinic Network. My physician at the time was Dr. Mike Cross, who worked hand in hand with Dr. Green. After Dr. Cross went into Hospitalist care, Dr. Green agreed to become my physician at a time when I needed help quickly. I’m sure his patient quota was completely full when he accepted me about 20 years ago, but he did not hesitate to take me in, and I benefitted immensely from his competence and compassion until his retirement. He was a remarkable man and a fabulous physician! We shall not soon see his like again.
Peter Loken
Friend
January 13, 2021
We're sorry we didn't know your Dad personally, Adam, but we heard many good things from several people we know who had your Dad as their doctor. They all had only good things to say about him and his character. Our sympathies go out to you and your family.

John & Fran Arendt
John Arendt
January 13, 2021
Jeremy Green was my primary care physician from 1968 until his retirement in 2017. He was, indeed, a "physician's physician." I have never met another medical professional quite like him. Medicine was a genuine calling for him; he loved his profession and the patients under his care. During my appointments, Jeremy loved nothing better than to talk "med-cine" [his way of pronouncing], sharing the latest medical findings from conferences he faithfully attended year after year. It was a singular honor to know Dr. Green and to have the good fortune be one of his patients. I may well owe my life to him and his care. I felt the loss when he finally retired and feel it again with his passing. May he now rest in a peace so very well-deserved.
Jack Williamsen
Friend
January 13, 2021
Jeremy was a outstanding physician and compassionate human being. He was my mentor as I finished graduate school as a Nurse Practitioner, eventually my doctor, and a very good friend. He gave so much to so many; an inspiration to those who worked with him. Jeremy was a great friend to our family; he will be misses!
JoAnn Hanaway
Friend
January 13, 2021
What a wonderful doctor and compassionate human being! He was my doctor, my mentor, and a great friend to our family. He gave so much to so many; he will be misses!
JoAnn Hanaway
Friend
January 13, 2021
A very special person-- Howard spoke so highly of him. When our youngest son was named, Jeremy Green took credit thinking he was named for him. He encouraged us to visit his home country which we did. It was the trip of a lifetime. My condolences to his family. Judi Palay
Judi Palay
Acquaintance
January 13, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Green for several years. As a nurse, I was appreciative of his compassion, and caring for his patients and the staff. He was an amazing physician and was a great role model for many. My sincerest sympathies.

Jane Wecker
Jane Wecker
January 13, 2021
I worked with Dr. Greene for many years but was always to busy to talk about personal life we were always involved with patient care. I knew him as an Intelligent and kind man. I am sorry to hear of his passing
carla a renier
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Dr. Green was a wonderful man. He touched the lives of many through his support of local nonprofits like CollegeReady (formerly Scholarships, Inc.). We were fortunate to have his previous leadership on our board. Our sympathy to Elizabeth and his family.
Brent Roubal
January 12, 2021
Dr. Green was a wonderful physician to my husband, identifying Parkinsons at a young age, and helping him to cope with the disease. He was always thorough, helpful and hopeful. We are grateful to him. Wishing the family peace as they mourn his loss with wonderful memories to comfort and sustain!
Debbie Ashmann
January 12, 2021
You are a big loss for many people. You excelled in kindness and care. Personally, my family, the UWGB Soccer program and other athletes are grateful for being associated with you. You will be greatly missed.
Aldo and Janet Santaga
Friend
January 12, 2021
I truly will never forget Dr. Green. I had the pleasure to work with him for 16 years. He thought me so much, but the most important thing he taught me was compassion. He always kept me on my toes everyday especially when it came to using EPIC. He was an amazing man who will always be in my heart. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

I will miss you. Annette Derenne.
Annette M Derenne
January 12, 2021
Jeremy Green, you were so much more that a doctor. With tears in my eyes, I wish you Godspeed dear friend...
Michael Rentmeester
January 12, 2021
Sending my deepest sympathy in your loss of “Dr. Green”! A great icon lost from our medical community! Lots of memories from a St. Vincent retired nurse!
Marcy Brolin
Marcy Brolin
Coworker
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