Kenneth Greenhouse
Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care
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Family-Placed Death Notice

GREENHOUSE, Kenneth On Saturday night, July 16, Kenneth Elliot Greenhouse passed away. Ken was the husband of Susan Cohen Greenhouse and father of Max and Rebecca. He was the brother-in-law of Carol Cohen and Peter Gleichman, and Helen and Bruce Bond. Ken is also survived by his brothers David and Jack, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ken was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He graduated from Indiana University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. His first job after graduation was at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois, where he began as Choral Conductor and later became the Head of the Music Department. In 1982, Ken moved to Boston, Massachusetts to work at Berklee College of Music. He served as Chair of the Voice Department for fourteen of his seventeen years there. After moving to Atlanta in 1999, Ken became the Music Specialist at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy, and the accompanist at Temple Sinai. Please sign online guestbook at Funeral services for Ken Greenhouse will be held at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Donations in Ken's memory may be made to the ALS Association of Georgia or to Congregation Or Ve Shalom. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770.451.4999.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jul. 19, 2011.
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OMG, I am so sorry to just now come to this :) I am so heartbroken. Ken hired me at Berklee. He was a quiet leader who showed the world his grace. I will always remember his not killing a spider but instead setting it free. I remember his punctuality. "I have to make it to the train now". I remember Ken asking Me (come on now, really) for a letter of recommendation when he moved to Atlanta. I know he was ill but not really the extent. I may even have written his brother (?) To be honest I can not remember. OH MY! How sis a decade go by and my not knowing this - I am truly heartbroken. I do hope that Susan and his children will come to know that I truly believe that Ken was one of the most human human-beings I ever met and that I have not and will not forget him :( Shalom. Art LaPierre
April 28, 2020
April 28, 2020
OMG, I am so sorry to just now come to this :) I am so heartbroken. Ken hired me at Berklee. He was a quiet leader who showed the world his grace. I will always remember his not killing a spider but instead setting it free. I remember his punctuality. "I have to make it to the train now". I remember Ken asking Me (come on now, really) for a letter of recommendation when he moved to Atlanta. I know he was ill but not really the extent. I may even have written his brother (?) To be honest I can not remember. OH MY! How sis a decade go by and my not knowing this - I am truly heartbroken. I do hope that Susan and his children will come to know that I truly believe that Ken was one of the most human human-beings I ever met and that I have not and will not forget him :( Shalom. Art LaPierre
April 28, 2020
It is a tragedy to loose someone so young and talented. I went to school with both Ken and Jack, grades K thru high school graduation. I was so fascinated by their talents. I especially enjoyed chorus, working on plays and best of all, hanging out in Mr. Seaman's music room just jamming with Ken at the piano.
He is at peace now with God, no more pain. He will live in my heart forever.
Janice Van Liew - Hill
Janice Hill
April 25, 2016
What a tragedy. Ken was my TA for freshman theory at IU in 1972. He was an amazing teacher with an incredible sense of humor. My son just started as a cello performance major at Fredonia, and his friend is a jazz bass player, Noah, who just began at Berklee. I was about to ask Noah to look up Ken when I thought to investigate Ken's whereabouts. I'm shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, and even sadder to hear of his suffering.

i have always thought of him fondly, and I do remember him to this day, 43 years later. My condolences.
Lynne Fleischer Stebbins
October 8, 2015
I just learned of Ken's death today. I have thought of him often over the years as he was my colleague and responsible for hiring me as band director at Willowbrook. My son, Shaughn, is working in a lab researching ALS at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He says that they are getting close to understanding this horrible disease. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
John Bell
September 23, 2013
I just found out about Ken. I was always in awe of Ken and Jack when we were at NYS Music Camp at Delhi. Am so sorry for the family.
Jo Ann (Cole) Kaufman
September 14, 2013
I just learned of Ken's passing today. Ken and I lived at the same dorm (MRC) at Indiana University in Bloomington. We had a great group of friends at MRC and Ken was a big part of our circle of friends. I have many personal memories of Ken. Both of us got married a little later in life and were very happy to begin raising a family. He was so proud of Susan, Max and Rebecca. I'm glad that we got to visit with them when we were passing through Marietta about ten years ago. That was the last time I saw Ken. He always sent a card or called my wife and I on our anniversary. We meant to call him when he stopped contacting us, but unfortunately I'm not very good about keeping in touch. It's hard to believe that I first met Ken over 40 years ago. I will always remember him. He was a great guy.
David & Gordana Gerbick
December 23, 2012
Ken was one of the best professors I've ever had. I'm heartbroken to learn that he has passed away. I wish Susan, Max and Rebecca all the love, hope and strength in the world, and he will always be in my heart as an amazing human being.
Megan Sliger
December 19, 2012
My best friend growing up as a kid in Perth Amboy. A talented ventriloquist, he complimented his twin brother Jack who was a talented magician. He always called me on my birthday, never missing a single one in 50+ years. It was great to speak to him each year. I will miss his yearly birthday wishes. He will never be forgotten as a dear friend...
Alan Winik
Freehold, NJ
Alan Winik
December 23, 2011
Ken was one of the good guys!
Bob Freedman
December 22, 2011
I'm so sad to hear of Ken's passing. He was such an inspiration to me as I studied at Berklee. As I recall memories, I can't help but laugh. He was so much fun and he cared so deeply about people. I remember his enthusiasm about buying baby food at Bread & Circus and how thrilled he was to know he was giving his baby the best. What a neat man to share these moments with his students. And, I laugh when I remember him talking about going into the Greenhouse on Harvard Square and excitedly telling the waitresses that his last name was Greenhouse. He was scandalized that they didn't care! How could they not care? Who couldn't love his infectious enthusiasm for life?! He was so joyful and inspired. And because he was a man of integrity, wisdom and talent, his words meant so much. I'll never forget him and the wisdom he shared. My most sincere condolences to his family. You are in my prayers.
Rachel Hoffman
November 3, 2011
Ken was chair of the vocal dept during my tenure at Berklee. I will always remember his beautiful spirit and warm smile-and how he always offered words of wisdom during those times when I thought I "new it all". I will never forget Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Deleska Crockett-Grekin
October 9, 2011
Ken and I were classmates at IU Music School and lived in the same MRC Quad. He was always friendly and helped me organize a dorm concert for those few of us in MRC who were music majors! My sincerest condolences to his family--ROSANNE SOIFER
IU Music 1973
September 19, 2011
"Our condolences to all of Ken's family. Our children, along with countless others were touched by his warmth, musical creativity and wisdom. It was an honor to have shared so many musical experiences with him here in Atlanta and work with him at GHA."
Jackie M
September 5, 2011
Ken will never be forgotten, in our house the name Ken Greenhouse was always and will always be remembered. He inspired my husband and my son is following his steps in music as a Jazz Music Major. He was a kind, loving person who I had the pleasure to meet many years ago, as he was my husband friend from college. When we learned he had ALS my heart went out to his family, as my mother passed years ago of the same disease. Our family recently before his passing walked for the ALS foundation and collected funds for research. We are very sorry for your loss.
John & Maria Brettin
September 4, 2011
As I sat thinking of what I might say about knowing Ken, I looked up & saw the candle icon in front of me. That, I think, is a great symbol for Ken's life. His flame of creativity, energy & caring lit many other candles that burn brightly illuminating our world. And those flames will ignite others to brighten even more lives. Thanks Ken for sharing the light that was you with so many.
Jay Sylva-Boston, MA
September 1, 2011
Ken touched my life deeply and was truly one of the most "integral" human beings I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Sending much love!
Loni Moger
August 31, 2011
WOW! I too am just learning of Ken's passing on. Please accept my deepest condolences especially to his family and all impacted by his phenomenal presence. What an honor it has been to know Ken. He was a phenomenal teacher, chair, and musician. As he has been to so many, Ken was remarkable, encouraging, and inspiring to my musicianship and artisry while I was a student at Berklee. He and very few others are to be credited for my present day teaching.

Ken, may you rest easy now. You will be missed!

with love,
Nichelle J Mungo
August 26, 2011

I knew Ken to be caring, dedicated, kind and sincere towards his students and colleagues. He always brought much joy and fun to his classes and performances at Willowbrook. The students and audiences looked forward to each performance and Ken’s unique interpretations and panache. He freely shared his talents and love, and for this, I hope you know that he was deeply appreciated. Ken will be held in the hearts of all those who knew him.
Bruce Hanson
August 22, 2011
To the family and friends of Kenneth Greenhouse you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Greenhouse or Mr. G as alot of us remember him was an amazing teacher and a wonderful person. He will be forever in our hearts and minds. Thank you Mr. G for being the best teacher I ever had. Rest in Peace.
Barbara Rowson Humerickhouse
August 19, 2011
Ken Greenhouse was a remarkable man. How proud you must be that he was your husband, father, brother... How proud I am that he was my friend. His music lives in my head and his intelligence and caring was reflected in everything he did.

When he would return to Bloomington each summer to conduct the IU Summer Music Clinics Vocal Jazz Ensemble, he would go to Waffle House for breakfast on Sunday and tell them how wonderful their food was and how he looked forward to eating that breakfast every year. Then on Monday we would drop off concert attire at Kinzer Cleaners across from the Music School and he would compliment them on the fine job they always did and how great the prices were! The whole week went about that way; Ken telling everyone how much he loved Bloomington and revisitng his favorite places. He often fell fast asleep while observiing rehearsals. The doze would last a minute or two. He would awaken abrubtly and remind me that it was only geniuses that took short naps. He credited them with instant refreshment! He came highly prepared each year to perform on the faculty recital. Sitting alone on that huge stage at the Musical Arts Center at that beautiful piano, he never failed to create magic.

You are with me, my friend. I won't forget what a fine musician and person you were. Thank you for making our lives so much kinder, funnier, creative and musical.
Marty Swisher
Marty Swisher
August 16, 2011
Marty Swisher
August 16, 2011
Dear Susan: I just found out about your husband's passing. I am sorry. I was priviliged to have known and taken care of him. May God bless you and your children. Nibia, RN, St Joseph's.
August 16, 2011
Dear Greenhouse's,
My deepest sympathies on Ken's passing. We grew up together as backyard neighbors in Perth Amboy. Ken and Jack helped make music, particularly singing a large part of my life to this day. I am grateful beyond measure for that and our friendship. Peace.
Richard Lewis
August 12, 2011
I am very sad to receive the news of Ken's passing. His professionalism and sense of humor will always be remembered by those who had the pleasure of having him as a colleague. In 1986 I collaborated with Ken and The College Singers in a performance of my piece "Fantasy, The Planet Earth". His favorite line in the text was "Onward, to the Now Time". In this "now time" I'm smiling as I recall so many fond memories of Ken.
Ken Pullig
August 10, 2011
I just learned of Ken's passing and am saddened to hear. His memory will be long lived as so many of us were impacted by his great kindness and musicianship. My heart is with you. - Darcie Wicknick
Darcie Wicknick
August 10, 2011
I have never met a person who was nicer, wiser or more positive! Ken will be missed. He was a great mentor to me at Berklee as a vocal principal and as a budding vocal arranger. I'll never forget Ken's gentle humor or his kind words. Godspeed, Ken, and my sincere condolences to the Greenhouse family for your losses.
Stephen Ward '87
August 7, 2011
Rest now, dearest Ken. We will miss you more than you'll ever know. You've been with me at the last note of every single song I've performed on stage since my days at Berklee... I can almost see you holding stone still, bright eyes open, intensity still pulsating, vibrating with that last moment, waiting. I will always remember you and I will always cherish then day you called me friend.

Never got to meet your family; the closest I got was your letter telling me you were going out with Susan. I'm sure they're wonderful, both by their own merits and by your proximity.

To your family my deepest thoughts.

Lucky Angels!


Riccardo Perotti
August 1, 2011
To Susan, Max, and Rebecca, Blessings to you in this tough time. I hope that you never grow tired of hearing good things about Ken. I remember him best as a bachelor-genius of a choir director, wrestling with us college singers in the most loving way to get us to sound good. Then in his tux just the moment before the first chord was sung, giving us a sign to smile. In your arms Ken, Gene Puerling never had it so good...and for us who were fortunate enough to be directed by you, you made something scary,to be, excellent, possible, and fun-you truly gave us something... I just hope the angels are prepared to work on the material on their own outside of rehearsal. Goodbye Mr. Greenhouse, With much love, chris
chris behre
August 1, 2011
To Susan, Max and Rebecca,
I wish you comfort as you absorb this great loss. I knew Ken in the 80's, as a friend, who accompanied me in concerts at the Jewish Young Adult Center in Brookline,where he organized the music. Then later, as a member of his devoted voice department at Berklee. Ken never missed an anniversary. He was a true friend, colleague and mentor to me. And his greatest joy of all, was his family which he talked about with pride and love.
Sara Goldstein Gall
July 28, 2011
Ken was a true, loyal friend and immensely talented musician & caring teacher, and I saw this first hand as a student worker of his at Berklee College of Music He is at peace now after this terrible illness, but I know everyone has missed him, and now more than ever. My deepest and most sincere thoughts go out to Susan, Max and Rebecca - who surely feel this loss most profoundly. You have all been incredibly brave and loving - and I know Ken was so very happy to be part of his wonderful family. I miss you my friend! - David Hart, Stanford University
David Hart
July 27, 2011
Rest In Peace, Kenneth Greenhouse, composer, pianist, mentor, and most of all TEACHER. He changed my life at Berklee with his direction, brilliance, humor, and encouragement. I will never forget the sheer joy of rehearsing and performing with The College Singers, especially at his 15th year celebration concert. Ken showed me how to be a conductor, a director, a teacher, and to live and breathe music through those disciplines with love. His gentle guidance gave me confidence when I had none. Thank you, Ken. You are beloved and missed.
Nancy McGhee, Berklee '89
July 27, 2011
During my time at Berklee, I was a Music Ed major and bass player, so I didn't get to know Ken well. But so many of my vocalist friends who were Berklee students spoke so highly of him. After his death, I was asked to sing with other Berklee alums in a choral tribute to him --- an arrangement of Bill Evans' "Some Other Time". Preparing and then singing that piece at a memorial concert for him was a musical high point for me. Thank you, Ken, for all of your wonderful work and the legacy you've left.

Elise MacDonald (Bain), Berklee '90
Nashua, NH
Elise MacDonald
July 26, 2011
Ken was one of the few teachers at Berklee who provided me with an opportunity to reach a very high bar from a beginner's approach, whereas others required that you were already "there" and thus didn't allow the chance. He could nurture and coax great things from his students and in doing so everyone experienced the highest levels of accomplishment and art. My only regret is that I did not have Ken for a private teacher. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank you so much for sharing him.
Jimmy Falkner
July 26, 2011
To Ken's family and friends, I wish you my deepest sympathy. I was a student of Ken's at Berklee, and I will never forget the music we all made together with the Berklee College Singers. He was a wonderful musician. May he rest in peace.
Jean Gauthier
July 26, 2011
i have great memories of summers in perth amboy with all of the greenhouses', it was something that we looked forward to every year. ken and david always made me feel at home. our best wishes to the family....mike talis
July 26, 2011
My prayers are with the Greenhouse family. Mr.Greenhouse was an excellent teacher and positive influence. I remember him often as I teach elementray school music. Even with his earthy passage,his music lives on.

Michael Fosnot Willowbrook Class of 79
Michael Fosnot
July 25, 2011
To the Family of Ken Greenhouse,

Ken has meant a great deal in my life at Berklee and after I left Berklee. He offered me advise,and even played for me during a vocal audition in 1992. It was obvious to me that he wanted to see me succeed. Thanks Ken. You'll be missed.

Derrick A. Johnson - former Berklee student and friend
Derrick Johnson
July 25, 2011
Mr. Greenhouse touched the lives of so many of us students at Willowbrook. He helped each of us grow through friendship, music and personal expression. Thanks Mr. G. You will not be forgotten.
Char Masterson '82
July 24, 2011
A candle lit for u and May u RIP, and your family and friends remember all the Great memories and fun u share with them...I remember u from Perth Amboy N.J. Rest..
Norma I Maldonado
July 23, 2011
Charlann Shepherd
July 22, 2011
Ken was a tremendous influence to those that had him as a teacher at Willowbrook High School. In his memory, a team has been created for the Chicago ALS Walk4Life. The walk will take place on Saturday, 9-10-11. If you would like to walk with us or make a donation in Ken's memory, please go to

Thank you!
Charlann Shepherd
July 22, 2011
Incredibly, Ken's mother, Bosh Greenhouse, passed away only 12 hours before Ken. View her own obituary at
Abraham Greenhouse
July 22, 2011
My sincere sympathies go to you at this time. I remember Ken as an outstanding member of Willowbrook High School's music department. I know how much he will be missed.
Pam Wolfe
July 21, 2011
Dear Susan, Max & Rebecca,
My parents told me of Ken's passing, and I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time, and hoping that you find comfort with the many wonderful memories of your husband and father that you hold deep in your heart. Fred joins me in sending our deepest condolences.
Shari Friedman Schenk
July 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Greenhouse. My sincere condolences to the family.
Butch Sievers
Dickerson Middle School
July 20, 2011
So sorry to hear about your mother and Kenny.... Barry Mortensen passd away on 3/26/2011 and he really felf bad for Kenny. Always said good things about the Four Chimes and your famly... All my sincere wishes go out to you and your famiy.
Karla Mortensen Hinkel
Karla Hinkel
July 20, 2011
Jean Moody-Bushell
July 20, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Arlene Korzeb DeStefano
July 20, 2011
My deepest sympathies go to the Greenhouse family. I am so very sorry to have heard of this loss.
Ronna Kohn Silberberg.
July 20, 2011
Mr. Greenhouse was my favorite teacher at Willowbrook even though he began teaching there my senior year. I still have the 1978 tape recording he made to all of the graduating seniors. He was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. My deepest sympathy to Susan and family, you are in my thoughts.
July 19, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Pam White Kizielewicz
July 19, 2011
Deepest sympathies
from The Pryga Family(Perth Amboy)
Donna Pryga
July 19, 2011
I have thought fondly of Ken often through the past 32 years. To me, he was a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. He taught me things about music that still influence my piano playing and composition today. When I graduated, he encouraged me to pursue a career in theatre as I had dreamt of doing for years. My time in theatre was wonderful, and I credit Ken with helping me to pursue that endeavor. These days, I do a lot of composing and arranging, using the tips that he shared with me in high school. I thank God for blessing me by allowing me to know Ken and carry many precious memories in my heart. Willowbrook High School, class of 79.
Charlann Shepherd
July 19, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Sharon Hunt Phil.4:7
July 19, 2011
Susan and family: My deepest sympathy to you all. I will miss seeing you at Dr. Boyce's office and talking with you each month when you update us on Ken's condition. I passed your message along to Dr. Boyce today. Please know you will forever be in my prayers.

I'd like to share a poem with you.


When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in gloom-filled rooms,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And busy your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go
Barbara Lovin
July 19, 2011
My high school memories of the "Four Chimes", plays and chorus were nothing but the best. Memories of NJ All State with Jack, and parties after the plays at their home which was always welcoming!! My deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Ken is now at peace with his maker and friends Paul and Barry. You will be missed by many and never forgotten.

Carol Class of '70
Carol Evans (Fenyar)
July 19, 2011
Susan, we have thought about Ken and his family so many times since visiting a while ago. Those years Ken taught at Willowbrook HS were special both for his students -- you've heard from many of them, I know -- and for the faculty who worked with him. He was a gifted musician, a fine teacher, and one terrific colleague.
Bob Shamo
July 19, 2011
Going through grade school, grammar school, hebrew school and high school we always had a great friendship. To his family, I will always remember one of the kindest people I have known. My deepest sympathy. He will always be in our memories.
Larry Diamond
July 19, 2011
As a fellow Perth Amboyite, we all have very good memories of Ken Greenhouse and his wonderful family. My deepest sympathy to his extended family and friends. Ronnie Eiten Goldstein
July 19, 2011
Kenneth was loved by many, as is obvious by all the posts on the bulletin board of FB. How tragic that your family had to suffer and loss, but in particular two at the same time God speed your healing process. Thinking of you from AZ. Terri Cleary, Class of 1969 PAHS
July 19, 2011
My husband, Rob, and I have lost a dear friend. Ken is one of the most genuine and sincere people we have ever known. As an educator he was the best. His arrangements were like non other in the music world. His attention to detail was incredible; often noted by his use of the stick on memo notes. His friendship was treasured by our whole family, but mostly by Rob and myself. Ken- You are now free!
We live in a realm of all possibilities.
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.
There is a time for summer skies, for hummingbirds and butterflies, for tender words that harmonize with love. Whatever sky above, I've known a time for Spring, a time for Fall, but best of all A Time For Love. Forever, Jean
Jean Moody-Bushell
July 19, 2011
To Ken's Family:
During High School I've never felt a greater friendship than I had with both Jackie and Ken. For years Ken had been sending me a birthday card every December which to me was the greatest. He was thoughtful and kind and like his brother Jackie, always had a sense of humor. I will always be grateful for how Ken and Jackie helped me with the High School Play. This has been a tremendous loss to the world and his family. I miss you Ken.


Addis Valentine
July 19, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Isaiah 26:19
July 19, 2011
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