Roy R. Greening, M.D.


Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Roy Richard Greening, M.D., 85, died Feb. 5, 2005, in Juneau.

He was born April 7, 1919, in Chicago. He graduated from Schurz High School. He majored in zoology and English at Northwestern University and received his Doctor of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School. He entered the Navy directly after medical school.

He did some "real country practice" in western Kansas, followed by a radiology residency in Philadelphia. He then did a second tour with the Navy during the Korean War.

His academic positions included Professor of Radiology at University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Medical College, and University of Washington.

Greening was a licensed physician in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California and Alaska. Throughout his life, he worked as the director of radiology at Lankenau Hospital and Harborview Hospital in Seattle, visiting radiologist at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau, clinical professor at University of Washington, and in a private practice group at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

He retired at the age of 65 and sailed with his wife, Barbara, to Juneau to live. He began working part-time at Bartlett Hospital and retired again in 1998. His research included lymphangiography and angiography.

His family wrote that he lived his life to the fullest and was a mentor, an admired friend and family hero. He enjoyed the outdoors, having climbed Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. He was a golfer and one of the four originators of the Pewter Cup.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Greening.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Dick of Anacortes, Wash.; his first wife of 33 years, Janice Greening of Weld, Maine; his son, Daniel Greening, Ph.D..; his grandchildren, Patrick Magee of N.J., Gabrielle and Gwendalyn Greening of Yelm, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Marley Magee; nephew and niece, Gary and Gae of Chico, Calif.; niece, Claudia of Gerber, Calif.; and niece, Leslie Sadler of Anacortes.

His memorial will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12 at the Greening home. Memorial contributions can be made to any Alzheimer's association, the Bridge Adult Day Program or Care-A-Van.

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