February 10, 1928 – August 9, 2017
George Richard Green, MD, age 89, died peacefully in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on August 9, 2017 from complications of heart disease. He was born on February 10, 1928 in Rochester, Minnesota, to his parents George Francis Green, MD and Geraldine McIntyre Green. He attended John Adams High School in South Bend and graduated from Hillsdale College in 1950.
After serving in the US Army for two years, he married his lifelong love, Barbara Claudon, at her home in Valparaiso, Indiana on September 6, 1952. He then attended Indiana University School of Medicine, graduating in 1956. He completed a general surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1961 and subsequently moved back to South Bend to join his father in his surgical practice. They worked together for 15 years after which he continued in solo practice.
Dr. Green is survived by his wife Barbara, four children, Sandra Green (Geoffrey Lamb), Kathryn Pawlak (James), Laura Green (John Hadley), and George David Green (Diana), eight grandchildren, Rick Lamb, Kelsey Lamb, Elizabeth Traudt (Ryan), Kristin Pawlak, George Kendall Green, Curtis Green, Kyle Hadley, and Chelsea Hadley, and two sisters, Joanne Knoop of South Bend, Indiana and Suzanne Parshall of Eugene, Oregon, as well as his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Frances Martinov.
While practicing surgery for almost 40 years, Dr. Green served a term as president of the South Bend Medical Society. He also served as president of the South Bend Shrine Club, and was a member of the Junto Goose and Duck Club, the Rotary Club, and the Elks Club.
His hobbies included boating and sailing, ham radio operation, skeet shooting, and building and flying remote control airplanes with his son. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and especially enjoyed water sports and family time at their cottage at Birch Lake, Michigan. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, and loved Indy car racing. He and Barbara attended the Indianapolis 500 race for many years.
He was a loving, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and had a quiet wit and fun-loving personality. He taught us all to dance and to enjoy life to the fullest. He had a total commitment to his beloved wife, and their marriage served to inspire not only their family but many people they encountered throughout their life together.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff at Sheboygan Senior Community and to Dr. Mary Gentine, his son in law Dr James Pawlak, and Dr Louie Coulis for the compassionate and professional care given to our dear husband, father and grandfather. A private celebration of life will be held by the family at Birch Lake. Memorials may be made to YMCA Camp Eberhart, Camp Tannadoonah, or Indiana University.
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