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Obituary: Green, Jr, Harry Carnahan

Harry Carnahan

A beloved husband, father and friend, passed away on April 9, 2012. Harry Green was born July 24, 1919 in Richmond, Virginia and grew up Richmond and Louisville, Kentucky. Harry graduated from Male High School in Louisville, and from the University of Louisville before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1941, where he served as a pilot instructor throughout WW II. He and Peg were married in San Antonio in 1941. First son Harry C. Green, III “Butch” was born in 1943 while Harry served as a flight instructor at West Point. In 1945, Harry continued his education at the University of Louisville Medical School, where he graduated in 1949. In July of 1949, the family, including two month old Penny, left for Hawaii where the newly minted physician began work at Tripler Army Hospital, first completing his internship and then pursuing a residency in general surgery. While they were stationed in Hawaii, son Jim was born in 1952.
In 1953, Harry began duty as a general surgeon at the hospital at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he was appointed Chief of Surgical Services. This was followed by a four year assignment as Chief of Surgical Services at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. In 1962, Harry became Commander of the Hospital at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. It was a busy and enjoyable assignment, where he managed as usual to work in a lot of golf and also served as an advisor to the Academy Ski Team.
In 1968, Harry retired from the Air Force, moving with Peg and Jim to Spokane, WA, where he joined Dr. Edward Clanton in the practice of proctology. This was a very enjoyable period for him and Peg, as they were able to take part fully in one specific community for over 40 years. Together Harry and Peg became very involved in The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, both singing in the Cathedral choir, and participating in a variety of other activities, including for Harry a number of years as a guide at the Cathedral, and as a member of an Organist/Choirmaster Search Committee. Following the end of his medical career in 1984, he and Peg traveled extensively, while still maintaining their active lives in the Spokane community. Activities for Harry during his time in Spokane included serving for many years on the boards of the Civic Theatre, the Salvation Army, the Spokane Symphony, and the Better Business Bureau, along with a 40 year+ relationship with Rotary Clubs in Colorado and Spokane. He also maintained an active interest in his golf game, belonging to The Spokane and Manito Country Clubs, while playing at a variety of other courses throughout the community. Bridge was a popular activity for Harry and Peg throughout their life together. His affable and easy-going nature made it easy for Harry to make friends wherever he went. Harry’s beloved wife Peg predeceased him in November, 2009. Surviving him are his sister, Nancy Harris of Lexington, MA; his three children, Harry C. Green, III (Butch) (Linda Hart Green) of Ridgewood, NJ; Penny Reid and James Green (Charlotte Green), both of Spokane; grandchildren Emily Routt (Bryant), Megan Jankovsky, and Nathan Miles of Spokane, Kate Jankovsky (Barry Weidenbenner) of Interlachen, Florida, and Christy LeLait (Alain) and Harry C. Green IV of Colorado Springs; and great-grandchildren Logan Weidenbenner, Bradley and Marianne Routt, and Sam Pitts (Abby) of Panama City, Florida. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, located at 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive, Spokane. Memorial Contributions can be made to Crosswalk in Spokane or to The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.


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