WILLIAM STUBING

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Obituary

STUBING--William C.

The Directors of the Greenwall Foundation are grieved and saddened at the death of our beloved President Emeritus William C. Stubing, who served as President for 21 years. His warmth, generosity, interest in others, graciousness, understated humor, elegant writing, humility, intellectual curiosity, wide artistic interests, and skills as a raconteur and host will continue to inspire us and many others whose lives he touched. His intellectual and artistic interests were as broad as the good works and his impact on many people and institutions. He enthusiastically shared his deep knowledge of the history, religion, architecture, and the arts scene of New York City. A deeply religious person, he had one eye on heaven and one fixed solidly on earth and was often called upon when family and friends needed someone in whom they could confide and seek counsel. His vision enabled Greenwall to have extraordinary national impact for a relatively small foundation, becoming the main funder of bioethics research in the United States. Under his leadership, the Foundation was willing to be bold and take risks in supporting potentially controversial areas of inquiry. The Foundation also supported emerging arts in New York City, supporting creative accomplishments in the fine and the performing arts. He led the board to focus on supporting gifted young bioethics scholars through career development awards, establishing the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program. Many awardees have become leaders in bioethics. His suggestions and encouragement contributed to the success of many grantees and enriching their lives. Born September 28, 1939, he was educated at Concordia Senior College and graduated from Concordia Seminary. He earned his Masters at the New York University School of Education. Before the Greenwall Foundation, he served as a priest and worked at the American Medical Association and then the New York Academy of Medicine, as Director of the Academy, the first and only non-physician to hold that position. He worked with board members to modernize the structure of the Academy. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved partner of thirty-seven years and husband, Ronald Thomas, who survives him. Funeral services will be private. A memorial service is planned for November 2015 in New York. Tributes in his memory may be made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 11, 2015
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