Pioneer for University of Kentucky's OB/GYN department dies

lblackford@herald-leader.comNovember 17, 2013 

Dr. John W. Greene

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John W. Greene, a doctor who set up the first department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, died Sunday at age 87.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania medical school, Dr. Greene began his career at Penn, where he worked on new research into monitoring the fetuses of diabetic mothers.

In 1963, he moved to Lexington to set up research, teaching and clinical facilities for obstetrics and gynecology at the UK medical school, which opened in 1960. He led the department as chairman until 1990, but he continued teaching medical students. The John W. Greene Society, the department's alumni association, was named in his honor.

Dr. Greene authored more than 70 scientific papers and five books. He was an examiner for both the American Board of OB/Gyn and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Frontier Nursing Service and the board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Association of Lexington.

Dr. Greene is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eugenie, and three daughters; Nonnie Riney (Dick) of Louisville, Susan Abner (Lee) of Lexington, and Isobel Chewning (Victor) of Lexington, and six grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements with Milward's-Broadway are incomplete.

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