Norman Greene
1949 - 2020
BORN
1949
DIED
2020
Norman Greene

September 26, 1949 - August 30, 2020

Norman Melvin Greene, died on Sunday, August 30, 2020, in Brentwood, Maryland, at the age of 70.

Norman was born on September 26, 1949, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Mary Alice Greene. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1969. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy in and served as an YN2 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier. In 1978 Greene became an Equal opportunity specialist at the Veteran's Administration in Washington D.C. Norman joined the Youth and Family services division of the Bethesda – Chevy Chase YMCA in 1987. He worked with at-risk youth and their families to teach fundamental life skills and assist them in making healthy choices for the future. Greene retired as the Director of the Horizons program in 2011.

Norman spent the last nine years of his life dedicated to his two biggest passions, Art and Tai Chi. He became a full-time artist in 2011 when he went to work for Creative Form Liners. He was the shop supervisor and Lead Artist. He also became the Sole Proprietor at RA Studio. Norman taught Tai Chi classes throughout D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Norman is survived by his sons, Grantscott Greene (Pamela) of Manvel, Texas, and Thomasson Greene of Kensington Maryland; granddaughters, Jasmine Greene, Kennedy Greene and Sabrina Greene; sisters, Norma Hardeman of Manhattan, New York, and Elaine Jett of Gaithersburg, Maryland; aunt, Jacqueline Lipsford of Richmond, Virginia; and his former wife, Clara Greene of Takoma Park, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Alice Greene and his brother, David Massie.

A virtual memorial service is scheduled for September 27, 2020, via Zoom. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local YMCA's Youth and Family Services Division.

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Published by The News & Advance on Sep. 15, 2020.
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Norman was beautiful and genuine. I looked forward to his Zoom Tai Chi classes and the warmth, skill, and enthusiasm he conveyed.
Sarah J Kirchen
October 10, 2020
My sincere condolences to Normon's family and his community of friends. He was a wonderful Tai Chi teacher, patient with new students, had a great smile and gentle manner. He will be missed!
Kathy Kuzemka
October 4, 2020
I only knew Norman for a few months. He was my on-line Tai Chi instructor. I loved his patience and his ability to break down Tai Chi moves into small segments that we used to warm up. I was happy to have found a good teacher and was looking forward to many more classes with him. Sadly, this was not to be. I will miss him.
Lynn Poirier
October 3, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Carol Godes
September 26, 2020
We were students of Normons when he first began teaching Tai Chi at the Chevy Chase Community Center and then on zoom. He would always remind his old students that though Tai Chi is a martial art, we werent to beat up anyone. And every lesson concluded with Peace Always. We loved the carving that served as a back drop to his zoom lessons. And we loved this man who followed the beat of his own drum, who was invariably patient, and who was creative in so many ways. Our sympathies to his family and loved ones.
Nancy Glassman And James Lemert
September 26, 2020
I met Norman at Knollwood and attended several of his classes. He was a patient teacher and gentle soul. My condolences to family.
Susan Burns
September 26, 2020
I will miss Norman, a gentle and kind person. He really was my best teacher in Tai Chi. I practiced Tai Chi since 2008 in Canada, Italy and USA, and Norman was the best of all. I will always remember his group hug and smiles.
Tiziana Giacometti
September 26, 2020
This was the only semester I had Mr. Greene. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. He was a kind man with so much patience. To his family, you are in my prayers.
Jennifer M. Allen
September 25, 2020
I was a student of Normon for several years. I loved his Tai Chi class and will miss him a lot. He was a wonderful teacher and a gentle soul.
Livvie Shapiro
September 24, 2020
I met Normon at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, where I was often his only student and got lots of one-on-one training from him. He pushed me every week to do more than I thought I could (and could tell if I'd been practicing or not). I am still shocked by his passing and miss him, but trust he is continuing on his path of peace. I wish his family and loved ones peace too. We were all lucky to know him.
Mary Conley
September 24, 2020
The world is an emptier place now without Normon in it. He was the best of humanity - patient, kind, strong, humorous, selfless. He was one for the ages and will be missed enormously by all who knew him.
Theresa Collins
Student
September 22, 2020
Normon was the epitome of peace and kindness. Open and welcoming, soft and humble, he inspired so many adults through his tai chi practice. We are better humans having experienced his grace. May he rest in peace and may we live each day with his same love of life.
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Coworker
September 22, 2020
A most beautiful, talented person, who gave generously his time, wisdom caring and peace. It was an honor and privilege to participate in his Tai Chi sessions. With sincere gratitude and remembrance.
Carmen Llewellyn
Student
September 21, 2020
Normon Greene was such a soft spoken wealth of knowledge that seeing him @ Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center on Wednesday was my favorite day to work. He always had a kind word and just positive energy all around him.
I will always remember that smile which could light the darkest of rooms. Normon was a Tai Chi professional with a heart for people. Truly he will be missed as a friend, peer and all around GOOD GUY.

Wendy Mahoney
Co-worker @ GBSAC
Wendy Mahoney
Coworker
September 20, 2020
Norman was an excellent Tai Chi teacher. I will miss his smile, patience and gentle spirit.
Bethe Brodie
Friend
September 18, 2020
Norman was a wonderful Tai Chi instructor. His enthusiasm and patience were unmatched. He had a gift for teaching and for giving encouragement.
Michelle Hannahs
Student
September 17, 2020
It was a gift to have met Normon and have him as an instructor. He was an humble, patient man who was accomplished in his craft. We are grateful that Normon chose to share his gift by teaching others. We will sorely miss him. Our sympathy to his family as we, too mourn his passing.
James & Cora Kirby
Student
September 16, 2020
Normon was a wonderful, patient man and an accomplished Tai Chi instructor. and huma




Normon was a wonderful, patient, humble man who was an accomplished Tai Chi instructor. He will be sorely missed. We are grateful we had the pleasure of having him as our Tai Chi instructor instructor for several years. Our deepest sympathy to his family as we, too mourn his passing.
James & Cora Kirby
Student
September 16, 2020
Eric Bond
Friend
September 16, 2020
I too, just met Normon on Zoom and in email, in his tai chi class this past spring. It was a wonderful experience learning from him, and just generally being in his 'energy'. I was so shocked to learn of his passing and have been grieving for him daily as I try to practice. What a lovely, sweet man with such a beautiful smile. I miss his shining presence. I wish I had known him for a long time before. My condolences to his family and to other grieving friends. He brought light into my world.
Harriet Hirsch
Student
September 15, 2020
I knew Norman as a Tai Chi instructor at Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity. The seniors loved his mild demeanor. He was a humble soul that always had a smile. I am saddened by this loss, but happy that our paths crossed. I will miss him deeply. I pray for strength and peace for his family! Godspeed. Candy Truss, Admin., GBSAC.
Candy Truss
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I was in Normon's zoom tai chi class for the last four months. I learned so much from him, and I always welcomed his kindness and his warmth. He was a great teacher and a great man. I miss him so much, even though we only knew each other from zoom. I remember all that I learned from him--about tai chi and about life. As Normon said at the end of every class: right fist, left palm--no war, always. Peace. May Normon rest in peace and power.
Meri-Jane Rochelson
Student
September 15, 2020
I knew Normon only during the duration of the pandemic. He became my current tai chi instructor, conducting his classes via Zoom. He was always kind and friendly. I had a few conversations with him, mostly via email outside of class. He was on the same wavelength with what I was saying. He told me he was an artist, but I had no idea about the extent of his accomplishments until I looked at his web site. The Friday before his death, he closed his class by saying: "Now practice over the weekend and I'll see you Monday." And then Monday, we received a notice saying that Normon died over the weekend. This was a shocking and heartbreaking blow. I didn't know you long, Normon, but I miss you terribly. My heartfelt condolences go out to all the loved ones Normon left behind.
Ralph Dumain
Student
September 15, 2020